Reporters Subpoenaed In S.F. Sports-Steroid Leaks


Five people linked to the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative were convicted of doling out steroids to athletes. Two San Francisco Chronicle writers who reported on the probe could end up serving more jail time than any of them, the Associated Press reports. Lance Williams and Mark Fainaru-Wada are the latest reporters to become entangled in the federal government's efforts to investigate leaks. They have been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury investigating who leaked them the secret testimony of Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi, and others. The Chronicle, which published the testimony in a series of stories beginning in late 2004, is challenging the subpoena, arguing that the First Amendment protects the reporters and their sources.

The reporters say they aren't going to talk – which means they could be fined and jailed until they divulge their sources, or sentenced to a fixed term for contempt. Probation sentences were given to BALCO vice president James Valente and track coach Remi Korchemny, who both pleaded guilty to distribution charges. BALCO president Victor Conte got four months in prison. Bonds' personal trainer, Greg Anderson, was sentenced to three months, the same sentence facing BALCO supplier Patrick Arnold.


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