Lance Armstrong's suit rejected the same day

Thumbnail image for lance-armstrong.jpgThe cyclist's lawsuit filed Monday in Austin that sought to block the United States Anti-Doping Agency from punishing Armstrong for doping violations was dismissed within hours by a federal judge. I've never been exactly clear on the legal distinction between a judge's order issued with or without "prejudice," but lets just say that Judge Sam Sparks spiced his opinion with a big dose of opinion. From the New York Times story:

Sparks said in his order that the court was left to presume that the allegations “were included solely to increase media coverage of this case, and to incite public opinion against” the antidoping agency and Travis Tygart, the agency’s chief executive, who is also named as a defendant.

“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,” Sparks said.

The anti-doping agency had notified Armstong last month of pending sanctions, which he has until Saturday to either accept or challenge. Earlier this year federal prosecutors in Los Angeles closed their criminal investigation into allegations against Armstrong.

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