- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge says she is inclined to deny a former elite cyclist’s bid for a new perjury trial.

Tammy Thomas had asked for another trial because of a newly disclosed investigation into allegations that the government’s top sports doping investigator discussed writing a book about the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative scandal. Thomas’ attorney argue the probe, which cleared the agent, should have been disclosed at her trial.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston didn’t elaborate during Friday’s five-minute hearing other than saying she was “inclined” to rule against Thomas. Illston said she would issue a written decision later.

A jury convicted Thomas last year of lying to a grand jury when she denied using steroids.

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