Trial setting delayed for coach who triggered
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By Julia Cheever, Bay City News Service
February 17, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The setting of a trial date for
an Olympic track coach who triggered a sports steroid probe was
postponed in federal court in San Francisco Friday to give his
lawyers time to review documents that may be used as evidence.
U.S. District Judge Susan Illston will set a trial date for Trevor
Graham at a hearing on March 30.
Graham, of Raleigh, N.C., set off an investigation centered on
the Bay Area Laboratory Co Operative, or BALCO, when he anonymously
sent a syringe filled with THG, a previously undetectable steroid,
to the U.S.
Anti-Doping Agency in 2003. The agency tests U.S. Olympic athletes
for drugs. Graham is accused of three counts of making false statements
to federal investigators during an interview in his attorney's
office in North Carolina in 2004. He was not in court for the
brief hearing before Illston.
His defense attorney, Gail Schifman, said she didn't yet know
what is in the documents to be provided by prosecutors and said
she had no comment on the case.
Graham, who has coached track stars including Olympic medalist
Marion Jones, Tim Montgomery and Justin Gatlin, is one of eight
people to be charged thus far in the BALCO case.
Six people, including two BALCO executives and a chemist who
supplied steroids, have pleaded guilty to various charges. The
most recent defendant to plead guilty was criminal defense attorney
Troy Ellerman, who admitted Thursday to four counts related to
the leaking of secret grand jury testimony by Giants slugger Barry
Bonds and three other athletes.
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