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Tag: Steroids

Ex-FBI Agent Featured in Tv Episode on Steroids

Greg Stejskal

Greg Stejskal

ticklethewire.com columnist Greg Stejskal is featured in an episode on the Investigation Discovery network about steroids.

By Amalie Nash
Ann Arbor News
ANN ARBOR, Mi. — Retired Ann Arbor FBI Agent Greg Stejskal jokes that he was hoping Clint Eastwood would play him. Stejskal is indeed portrayed by an actor – not exactly Eastwood, though – in an upcoming episode of “Undercover: Double Life,” on the cable network Investigation Discovery.

The hour-long episode, airing Tuesday for the first time, focuses on Operation Equine, an investigation into steroid trafficking that began in Ann Arbor in 1989.

That investigation later generated controversy when Stejskal revealed in 2005 that he had warned Major League Baseball years earlier about steroid use among players after arresting the personal trainer of star player Jose Canseco.

The Investigation Discovery piece – which The News got a sneak peak of this week – focuses on Bill Randall, the undercover agent Stejskal chose to pose as a gym owner interested in getting steroids for some clients.

Randall and Stejskal are extensively interviewed, interspersed with a number of flashback scenes showing them – portrayed by actors – working together on the case. Randall was assigned to the Detroit FBI office and now lives in Oakland County.

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Fed Prosecutors in Barry Bond’s Case Bump Up Against Big Obstacles: Trial Delayed

The case against Barry Bonds has always been a tough one. For one, the key witness, his trainer, has refused to testify in trial. And two, the judge recently ruled that positive steroid tests were not admissible as evidence. The two developments have been a recipe for disaster for the assistant U.S. Attorneys, who are appealing the ruling. Jury selection was supposed to begin today (March 2), but there’s been a delay. Some speculate this case could just vanish, leaving the big slugger with the home run of his life.

A.J. Perez
USA TODAY

Prosecutors applied a rarely used maneuver Friday that delayed the start of Barry Bonds’ trial on perjury and obstruction charges for several months – if it ever takes place.

“I think they’re going to abandon their case,” said Peter Keane, dean emeritus of the Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco. “I think you’ll see them dancing away from it. They’re going to wait for the case to get gray in the beard, and then they’re going to quietly dump it.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office notified the court that it was going to appeal Judge Susan Illston’s Feb. 19 ruling to exclude much of the evidence collected in the BALCO raids from 2003, including three of Bonds’ allegedly positive steroid tests between 2000 and 2001, along with doping calendars that detailed how Bonds was supposed to use banned substances.

Minus that evidence, prosecutors would have a more difficult time proving that Bonds knowingly used steroids, the key element of the case.

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American League MVP in 2002 Pleads Guilty to Lying to Congressional Investigators

Just as one black eye heals, the next one surfaces. Here’s baseball’s latest black eye. Rest assured, there’s more to come.

By Del Quentin Wilber and Dave Sheinin
Washington Post Staff Writers
WASHINGTON — Former Baltimore Orioles shortstop Miguel Tejada pleaded guilty this morning to federal charges that he lied to congressional investigators about the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball.
Tejada, the 2002 American League MVP who now plays for the Houston Astros, faces up to a year in prison at a sentencing hearing set for March 26. He was released on his personal recognizance.
During a 45-minute hearing in U.S. District Court in Washington, Tejada admitted that he lied to congressional staffers during a 2005 interview in a Baltimore hotel room that focused on the prevalence of steroids in the game.
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Prosecutors Say Barry Bonds Used Designer Steroids and a Female Fertility Drug to Trick Tests

Now that the government has released a barrage of documents, the question remains: What’s Bond’s defense? It better be good.

Lance Williams and Bob Egelko
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — Former Giants slugger Barry Bonds used the BALCO designer steroid “the clear” during the 2003 baseball season and also was taking a female fertility drug that can mask drug use on steroid tests, federal prosecutors say.
Also in 2003, Bonds’ trainer, Greg Anderson, was secretly tape-recorded describing the regimen of undetectable banned drugs that baseball’s all-time homerun leader was using, federal prosecutors say.
In documents unsealed today in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, the government laid out what it hopes will be the core of evidence it will present to a jury next month in Bonds’ trial on perjury and obstruction-of-justice charges.
He is accused of lying when he told a grand jury in 2003 that he had never knowingly used steroids.
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Barry Bonds’ Lawyers Say Steroid Tests Unreliable

The court battle is nearing and this should get a lot more interesting . It could end up being more exciting than a Giants game.

By Lance Williams
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO — Prosecutors cannot conclusively link Barry Bonds to positive steroid tests seized in a raid on the BALCO laboratory, lawyers for the former Giants slugger say.
In documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Bonds’ defense team asked a judge to sharply restrict the evidence the government may use in prosecuting Bonds for allegedly lying to a grand jury in 2003 about his use of banned drugs.
They asked Judge Susan Illston to bar the use of the drug tests, which prosecutors say prove that Bonds used steroids and then lied when he told the grand jury he had never used banned substances.
But the defense lawyers contend there is insufficient evidence that the tests, seized by federal agents in their September 2003 raid on the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative in Burlingame, were actually performed on samples submitted by Bonds.
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Feds Correct Errors and Indict Barry Bonds for Third Time

In this case, the feds have decided, if you can’t get it right the first or second time, try try again.

By Lance Williams
San Francisco Chronicle
SAN FRANCISCO (Dec. 4)– Federal prosecutors in San Francisco indicted Barry Bonds for a third time today, once again rewriting the charges facing the former Giants star to correct technical errors.
Under the new indictment, Bonds is charged with 10 counts of lying under oath and one count of obstruction of justice, all in connection with his testimony in 2003 before the grand jury that investigated the BALCO steroids scandal.
The government contends that Bonds, 44, lied when he said he had never knowingly used banned drugs obtained from the Bay Area Laboratory Cooperative in Burlingame or from his trainer, Greg Anderson.
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