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Armstrong's new Defense Atty

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Publicus said:
Interesting. I worked for Sheppard Mullin my first summer of law school and know Mr. Daly. Great firm. Great lawyer. Frankly a smart choice.

I will take your word on this as I have no clue, and as such, I would have expected nothing less from the LA camp! LA/CS&E/TW/Nike/Cycling USA will do will do whatever they have to do to keep the facade alive.
 
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I will take your word on this as I have no clue, and as such, I would have expected nothing less from the LA camp! LA/CS&E/TW/Nike/Cycling USA will do will do whatever they have to do to keep the facade alive.

My knowledge of him is fairly superficial. He wasn't at the firm when I was there, but the firm's white collar practice is top notch. I've only met him in social settings, but his reputation as a litigator proceeds him.
 
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Cal_Joe said:
Moose, think of it as the the choice between having your family doctor performing surgery, or maybe a specialist might be more beneficial to your health?

Problem with that metaphor is that when things are fine and dandy, you only have a need for a family doctor. You only call in a surgeon when THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG!
 
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twothirds said:
Problem with that metaphor is that when things are fine and dandy, you only have a need for a family doctor. You only call in a surgeon when THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG!

Given the current winds blowing, I think it is safe to think the alarm bells are ringing round the Armstrong ranch. This is not a drill.

Making note of Hamilton arranging for the transfer of "what they need", and conceding that "what they need" is direct testimony of the doping program at USPS, followed by the consensus that GH is slated for a long sit-down with the Feds, the alarms bells must be deafening.

Yet, a certain man from Texas is clinging to claims of sleeping like a baby, matched with statements like "Lance Armstrong is over in 4 or 5 days." Such a contrasting set of verbals.

Remarks about the quality of LA's choice in firms and Attys, I think it would only be a surprise if he put Atty Herman forward to handle this. It is a smart move, and one that should surprise no one.
 
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Given the current winds blowing, I think it is safe to think the alarm bells are ringing round the Armstrong ranch. This is not a drill.

Making note of Hamilton arranging for the transfer of "what they need", and conceding that "what they need" is direct testimony of the doping program at USPS, followed by the consensus that GH is slated for a long sit-down with the Feds, the alarms bells must be deafening.

Yet, a certain man from Texas is clinging to claims of sleeping like a baby, matched with statements like "Lance Armstrong is over in 4 or 5 days." Such a contrasting set of verbals.

Remarks about the quality of LA's choice in firms and Attys, I think it would only be a surprise if he put Atty Herman forward to handle this. It is a smart move, and one that should surprise no one.

This investigation seems to be moving at an unusually fast speed. Grand jury has apparently been in place since June. It appears the truth will come out, LeMond and even Hamilton are eager to say what they know. Hicpacie won't lie for his old buddy. Armstrong is reacting a bit late, realizing this is not going to just "blow over". But given the fact-finding nature of the present phase - what can a defense attorney do? Is it customary to indict someone without being questioned / given opportunity to be heard?
 
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BroDeal said:
If the case ever gets to the point where LA really needs a defense attorney then he is boned no matter what the criminal result. If he and his management crew simply get indicted, he is screwed. The media firestorm would destroy his image.

That's the final damage to the legacy and probably justified. He'll have enough money to feed (all) the kids...He'll plead out before he approaches that point because he can justify it to himself. Again (and again and again) I willing to bet he's not the end target in this investigation. From Balco to every major sports franchise organization the investigations have been moving toward organized illegal operations. They can't win the war on coke and pot until they clean up the semi-licit corporate franchises. In the end Lance, like cycling, will be considered a footnote casualty of an irrelevant sport in the US.
 
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BroDeal said:
If the case ever gets to the point where LA really needs a defense attorney then he is boned no matter what the criminal result. If he and his management crew simply get indicted, he is screwed. The media firestorm would destroy his image.

I think this could well be true. Even if Texarse somehow escapes as a minor player, the associations of the bad press will linger. Even Lizzy Borden was acquitted. What image comes to mind when you hear that name, I axe you?

If you terminal apologists think that analogy is too strong, I seem to remember Phil Ligget describing Texarse as "more of a professional killer than a cyclist."!
 
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velosopher54 said:
Dreamweaver must be your favorite song, eh? If Lancey thought this was nothing why did he hire this guy? To waste his time and Money? You need medication ballpolisher.

nah, to waste 'Cancer' money, LA aint gonna spend a penny on this when all those fanboys and fangirls are pumping it into his liestrong warchest?
 
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That's the final damage to the legacy and probably justified. He'll have enough money to feed (all) the kids...He'll plead out before he approaches that point because he can justify it to himself. Again (and again and again) I willing to bet he's not the end target in this investigation. From Balco to every major sports franchise organization the investigations have been moving toward organized illegal operations. They can't win the war on coke and pot until they clean up the semi-licit corporate franchises. In the end Lance, like cycling, will be considered a footnote casualty of an irrelevant sport in the US.

yes Lance in the greater scheme of the world of sport in america will be that 'lying cancer guy who rode a bike in france', but in the world of cycling, which we are predominantly concerned with he will be 'the greatest sporting fraud ever' and that he will live with for the rest of his life.
 
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in my primitive thinking here’s what i reckon the new attorney means.

they expect an indictment and lance believes the charge will be defrauding federal government.

pretty simple: based on leaks, articles, talks between armstrong lawyers and those who were already questioned armstrong camp believes they figured out the investigation’s angle and it’s time to start plotting his defense strategy.

what else a 500 euro/hr defense attorney's needed for ?

i expect armstrong if subpoenaed soon (trust me we’ll hear about it if it happens).

on advice of this new guy, texas will attempt to enter into negotiations of some kind of secret settlement or immunity to avoid full blown court fight he cant win.

He’s going to pull a rug from under other tailwind owners to save his own skin.

That’s the absolutely best scenario for texas as seen from here.
 
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velosopher54 said:
Dreamweaver must be your favorite song, eh? If Lancey thought this was nothing why did he hire this guy? To waste his time and Money? You need medication ballpolisher.

Bad argument here. Put yourself in his shoes, would you hire the best you can afford or settle for something less?

Right.

In any case, settling for something less doesn't sound much like LA.

I think most of us here agree that he's no prince... But if someone comes at you with a knife, hope you have some training defending yourself from a knife, you know?
 
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From the article (my bold):

Daly is a former prosecutor who represented securities law firm Milberg LLP in a criminal investigation of illegal kickbacks it paid to clients. The New York firm won dismissal of the charges in 2008 after paying $75 million and accepting responsibility for the conduct of some of its former partners.

"Yes, that sounds like a good course of action. Sorry Johan..."
 

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Colm.Murphy said:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-...se-attorney-in-u-s-probe-against-cyclist.html

http://www.sheppardmullin.com/

http://www.sheppardmullin.com/bdaly

Former Assistant US Atty. Seems to be from the same line of work as the prosecutor assigned to the Landis case. Now working as defense atty.



...though, this will all just blow over at any given moment.

He is not working as a 'defense' attorney as there is nothing for him to defend as yet. Yet another example of people on here twisting stories. He is an attorney with defense experience, but people who are not charged with an offence do not have defense attorneys they are simply taking legal advice.

I would think that this is a perfectly reasonable approach by LA given all the crap being talked at the moment.
 

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yes Lance in the greater scheme of the world of sport in america will be that 'lying cancer guy who rode a bike in france', but in the world of cycling, which we are predominantly concerned with he will be 'the greatest sporting fraud ever' and that he will live with for the rest of his life.

Or he will be vindicated and the legend will live and grow, leaving the sporting fraud back with guys like Ulrich and Indurain and Landis and and and...
 
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Ulrich? Indurain? Never tested positive, only thing that links them to doping is hersay and testimony of former associates who have no credibility. How dare you say they are Frauds.
 

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Ulrich? Indurain? Never tested positive, only thing that links them to doping is hersay and testimony of former associates who have no credibility. How dare you say they are Frauds.

Listen to yourself man. Tragic:rolleyes:
 
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twothirds said:
Problem with that metaphor is that when things are fine and dandy, you only have a need for a family doctor. You only call in a surgeon when THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG!

You are right, there is something wrong, an investigation of LA and others is going on and it is based on FLandis' statements. LA has enough cash that he can afford the best lawyers/surgeons to protect his finances/health, so why would he not seek the best attorney with experience specific to the type of legal issue at hand?

My experience with divorce tells me Lance is making the right moves to protect himself. If you face legal action, no matter how big or small, getting the best lawyer on your side at the start means that you have much more control of the situation. If Jim Lawyer from the Joe Schmoe firm looks at a subpoena and thinks it is just a fishing expedition (there has to be probable cause) and they ask a judge to quash the subpoena, the judge is less likely to do so. Get an Alan Dershowitz/Johnny Cochran/Shapiro dream team to file the motion to quash and you have a much better chance for the subpoena to be dismissed.

So, not saying that LA did or did not dope, but wise thing to do legally is to hire one of the best in the specialty to handle things as early as possible.