Court Dismisses Armstrong’s Case Against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
Jul 10, 2012 01:29 PM EDT
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After a failed attempt, bicyclist Lance Armstrong's team of lawyers say that they will continue to pursue the retired seven time Tour de France champ's suit against the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which was dismissed on Monday hours after being filed. District Court judge Sam Sparks dismissed the case citing that the brief was excessively long and inundated with errors. He has allowed Armstrong's team to redraft and submit the brief within 20 days.
In a statement released by Judge Sparks explains, "This Court is not inclined to indulge Armstrong's desire for publicity, self-aggrandizement, or vilification of Defendants, by sifting through 80 mostly unnecessary pages in search of the few kernels of factual material relevant to his claims," as reported by Boston Herald.
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Tim Herman, Armstrong's lawyer acknowledged the criticism and told the Boston Herald "when Judge Sparks speaks, I listen...It (the 80-page-long brief) was too long and contained unnecessary factual content."
Armstrong is trying to procure a temporary restraining against the USADA. The USADA had accused Armstrong of leading a doping conspiracy between 1998 and 2010. Armstrong has up until Saturday to respond to the charges; his lawyers said that they re-file his petition as soon as Tuesday.
If Armstrong's team fails to respond to the USADA charges, the 40-year-old accomplished cyclist will lose all his metals as well as titles.