Marva32 said:I don't know, maybe its my 18 years as a criminal defense attorney, but as to 'everybody knows he doped', I'll wait for that to be proven in court.
I have never bought the "well, since he hasn't tested positive (when he did in 6 samples of the 99 Tour), and innocence until proven guilty," etc. legal shabang.
It's one thing to be convicted in court, based on all the legal evidence, entirely another to be condemed in the public eye. Within the cycling community it is by now safe to say "he doped," and this is enough to understand what has really taken place, whether or not he will ever be condemned in court.
On the one hand, because only an idiot or a blind fool would actually beleive he road clean if a cycling fan (and, unfortuantely, we have still many of those morons, though only in the States) and, on the other hand, because now we have all the circumstantial evidence by Landis incredible eye-witness testimony to allow for a more precise forming of opinion. Those that think he's simply a liar, will be rudely awakened by the conclusions of the feds.