Cyclist Tammy Thomas' Perjury Conviction Upheld by 9th Circuit Court

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Back in 2008, professional cyclist Tammy Thomas was found guilty of perjury for lying to a grand jury about using steroids. Today, San Francisco's 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that ruling.

Although Thomas has long denied that she used steroids -- urine samples beg to differ. In 2003, Thomas and 29 other athletes went before a federal grand jury as part of the BALCO investigation.

In 2008, a 12-member San Francisco jury decided she had lied to the grand jury, and convicted her on three counts of perjury and one count of obstruction of justice.

"I already had one career taken away from me," she yelled in the courtroom at that time, apparently referencing her cycling demise -- and foreshadowing her inability to become an attorney due to a felony conviction. "Look me in the eye; you can't do it," she said.

In addition to perjury, you could accuse Thomas of poor taste. In e-mails to her alleged drug supplier Patrick Arnold, she wrote under the name "Ann Frank" (the actual slain diarist actually spelled her name "Anne," but let's not nitpick).  

You can read the 9th Circuit Court's 42-page ruling here.

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