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Legal team cites ‘prejudicial bias’ of USADA’s reasoned decision

Lawyers representing Lance Armstrong have filed a list of evidence they would like to see excluded from the former cyclist’s $100m trial for civil fraud. It includes the 2012 report produced by the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) and also potential witnesses Betsy Andreu and Greg LeMond.

Armstrong’s use of performance-enhancing drugs is not at issue. The case regards whether or not he misused federal funds acquired via the sponsorship of his team by the US Postal Service (USPS).

A trial date of November 6 has been set for the case which was originally filed in 2010 by Armstrong’s former teammate, Floyd Landis, and was joined by the government in 2013.

USA Today reports that Armstrong’s lawyers want USADA’s ‘reasoned decision’ banned from trial as inadmissible hearsay.

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The report famously stated that Armstrong’s team “ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

According to Armstrong’s legal team: “This prejudicial overstatement reflects the attitude of the report’s authors, and the aggressive agenda to take down Armstrong that the report was written to fulfill, and hence the prejudicial bias which saturates the report.”

They have also requested that ‘vocal critics’ Andreu and LeMond be excluded from the trial.

Of Andreu, they state: “She has no relevant testimony to offer and she should not be permitted to testify in this case, or use it as a soapbox for impugning Armstrong’s character.”

Andreu responded by saying: "They must be worried about the case if they want to limit me, a stay-at-home mom Mr Armstrong is obsessed with, from testifying against him. I was drawn into this mess because I refused to be part of the Armstrong lie. I cannot impugn Mr Armstrong's character. He does that himself by his actions."

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LeMond is described as not being of relevance to the case, the claim being that he has no personal knowledge regarding Armstrong, the USPS sponsorship agreement, or invoices submitted for sponsorship payments.

Armstrong’s lawyers have also asked that a 2014 incident in which Armstrong hit two parked cars with his vehicle and let his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, take the blame for it to avoid making news be excluded.

The government has said that the incident is relevant as it shows Armstrong’s pattern of dishonesty and concealment.

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