Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Day 1: The Floyd Landis Hearing

Here's a brief look at Day 1 of the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing from the Associated Press:

HIGHLIGHTS: Attorneys got right to the point during opening statements. For USADA, attorney Richard Young said that despite the publicity, "there's nothing unique about what the panel has to decide in this case." Landis attorney Maurice Suh told arbitrators "make no mistake about it, this case is an utter disaster."

OH YEAH FACTOR: Bad Boy Floyd wore a yellow tie.

LOWLIGHTS: For five minutes after arbitrators opened the proceeding, attorneys argued about admissible evidence, what could and couldn't be said during opening statements and whether objections could be made during opening statements. The panel decided that, no, objections couldn't be made during openings.

ON THE SAME PAGE: Arbitrator Chris Campbell, a former Olympic wrestler, has disagreed with fellow arbitrators Patrice Brunet and Richard McLaren on some key procedural issues leading up to the hearing. Campbell has largely sided with the Landis camp and did so a couple times Monday when objections were raised.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: Chromatography is the process labs use to insert gas into a urine sample to separate out different compounds, which helps determine whether someone used steroids. Confusing? Yes. But the Landis camp will use examples of what it claims was shoddy chromatography as a key component of its defense. USADA witness Cedric Shackleton, meanwhile, said he had no problems with the chromatography.

TUESDAY'S WITNESSES: Cynthia Mongongu, an analytical chemist from the French lab where Landis' urine was analyzed; and Corinne Buisson, the supervisor of the carbon-isotope ratio testing machine at the French lab.

MORE:
-- USA TODAY SportsScope (blog):
Landis hearing live
-- CBC:
Floyd Landis wears yellow, lawyers see red in Day 1 of arbitration

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Day 1: The Floyd Landis Hearing

Here's a brief look at Day 1 of the Floyd Landis arbitration hearing from the Associated Press:

HIGHLIGHTS: Attorneys got right to the point during opening statements. For USADA, attorney Richard Young said that despite the publicity, "there's nothing unique about what the panel has to decide in this case." Landis attorney Maurice Suh told arbitrators "make no mistake about it, this case is an utter disaster."

OH YEAH FACTOR: Bad Boy Floyd wore a yellow tie.

LOWLIGHTS: For five minutes after arbitrators opened the proceeding, attorneys argued about admissible evidence, what could and couldn't be said during opening statements and whether objections could be made during opening statements. The panel decided that, no, objections couldn't be made during openings.

ON THE SAME PAGE: Arbitrator Chris Campbell, a former Olympic wrestler, has disagreed with fellow arbitrators Patrice Brunet and Richard McLaren on some key procedural issues leading up to the hearing. Campbell has largely sided with the Landis camp and did so a couple times Monday when objections were raised.

CHEMICAL REACTIONS: Chromatography is the process labs use to insert gas into a urine sample to separate out different compounds, which helps determine whether someone used steroids. Confusing? Yes. But the Landis camp will use examples of what it claims was shoddy chromatography as a key component of its defense. USADA witness Cedric Shackleton, meanwhile, said he had no problems with the chromatography.

TUESDAY'S WITNESSES: Cynthia Mongongu, an analytical chemist from the French lab where Landis' urine was analyzed; and Corinne Buisson, the supervisor of the carbon-isotope ratio testing machine at the French lab.

MORE:
-- USA TODAY SportsScope (blog):
Landis hearing live
-- CBC:
Floyd Landis wears yellow, lawyers see red in Day 1 of arbitration

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