Armstrong may avoid perjury charges
Lance Armstrong is likely to avoid criminal prosecution for perjury following his belated confession to using performance-enhancing drugs, according to a lawyer who questioned the disgraced cyclist under oath.
Armstrong admitted to doping during his record run of seven Tour de France wins, from 1999 to 2005, in a television interview with Oprah Winfrey last week, contradicting testimony he gave Dallas-based lawyer Jeff Tillotson in November 2005.
The long-awaited public admission opens up the 41-year-old Texan to a host of legal action. The passage of time means criminal charges of perjury are now unlikely, but Tillotson’s clients SCA Promotions is seeking to recoup USD 12 million in prize money it paid Armstrong after losing its case more than seven years ago.