Federal trial dates set for two sports figures
in BALCO probe
By Julia Cheever
December 7, 2007
Two sports figures accused of lying in a steroids probe were
given trial dates for next spring at a hearing in federal court
in San Francisco Friday.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston scheduled a jury trial for
March 24 for former championship cyclist Tammy Thomas.
Thomas, 37, is accused of lying when she allegedly told a federal
grand jury in San Francisco on Oct. 30, 2003, that she never received
performance-enhancing drugs from chemist Patrick Arnold and that
she never took anabolic steroids.
She faces three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction
Thomas, now a law student in Oklahoma, and her lawyer, Ethan
Balogh, declined to comment outside of court after the brief hearing.
Thomas won a silver medal in the World Track Cycling Championship
in Belgium in 2001. She was banned from competition for life in
2002 by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency after she tested positive
for an anabolic steroid called norbolethone.
Illston scheduled a separate trial on May 19 for Olympic track
coach Trevor Graham, who is accused of three counts of making
false statements to federal investigators in an interview in North
Carolina on June 8, 2004.
The statements include alleged testimony that he never provided
his athletes with performance-enhancing drugs from an unidentified
person known as Source A and that he never met Source A in person.
Both cases stem from an investigation centered on the Burlingame-based
Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, or BALCO.
Graham helped to trigger the probe when he anonymously sent a
syringe filled with THG, a previously undetectable steroid, to
the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in June 2003. The agency is an independent
group that tests Olympic athletes and other sports competitors
Illston has presided over nine other cases in the BALCO probe,
including most recently the perjury prosecution of Major League
Baseball homerun champion Barry Bonds.
The former San Francisco Giants star was indicted Nov. 15 on
four counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice
for allegedly telling the grand jury on Dec. 4, 2003, that he
never knowingly received steroids or human growth hormone from
his trainer, Greg Anderson.
He pleaded not guilty Nov. 7 and has not yet received a trial
In the six other BALCO cases in Illston's court, defendants including
Arnold, Anderson and BALCO President Victor Conte pleaded guilty
to charges related to steroids distribution.
Five have been sentenced to penalties ranging from probation
to eight months of detention.
The sixth defendant, former New York Mets clubhouse attendant
Kirk Radomski, whose plea agreement included a pledge to cooperate
with prosecutors in the ongoing investigation, has not yet been
Radomski pleaded guilty before Illston in April to two counts
of money laundering and distributing anabolic steroids to unnamed
"dozens" of Major League Baseball players.
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