Saturday, February 17, 2007

Lawyer Pleads In BALCO Related Case

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles issued a press release that reports:

"An attorney who represented a criminal defendant in the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative steroid prosecution pleaded guilty [Friday] afternoon to four federal charges, admitting that he leaked confidential grand jury transcripts of testimony from Major League Baseball players to the San Francisco Chronicle and sought to obstruct justice."

Further reported is:

"The leak of the grand jury transcripts specifically, the testimony of Tim Montgomery, Jason Giambi, Barry Bonds and Gary Sheffield occurred during the prosecution of four defendants linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative. During this criminal case, Ellerman represented defendant James Valente, who was the vice president of BALCO."

Prior posts on this specific aspect of the investigation can be found here and here

The DOJ Press Release can be found here - Download balco_ellerman_pleads.pdf

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