In a very interesting and extensive interview with The Am Law Daily, William Bock III, general counsel for USADA and a partner at Indianapolis-based Kroger, Gardis & Regas, speaks quite openly about the many challenges of the Lance Armstrong case :
“Lance has more money than the agency. ..So I expected a contentious prehearing period, but also that we’d have a lengthy hearing and an arbitration panel would write the reasoned decision instead of us.”
While USADA’s investigation began several years ago, The Am Law Daily reports that Bock says the most intensive legal work was “compressed into the last six months,” following the February decision by the U.S. attorney’s office in Los Angeles to abandon a criminal probe into Armstrong’s activities.
So what is next?
The Am Law Daily reminds us that WADA and the UCI have 21 days to appeal USADA’s ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport but USADA’s lawyers apparently noted to them that they don’t “expect WADA to do so because its general counsel Olivier Niggli worked closely with them during the investigation into Armstrong.”
Bock concluded the interview with The Am Law Daily by hoping that “this is an opportunity for international cycling to push the reset button so that they can put a close on an era of doping and usher in a new one of daylight and transparency,”
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