Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Dept. of Justice issues release on Balco case

Attorney Troy L. Ellerman, who represented Balco founder Victor Conte and vice president James Valente, leaked secret grand jury transcripts to Chronicle reporters Lance Williams (left) and Mark Fainaru-Wada, then went to court to say he was "angry" over the leaks and swore he wasn't the leaker, said a press release from prosecutors issued this afternoon. Ellerman's role was revealed to the feds through a "previously unknown witness" who approached the FBI last fall, the release said. Ellerman has agreed to plead guilty to four charges in a plea bargain with prosecutors. Prosecutors said the case against the Chronicle reporters is now moot. (Photo credit: Brad Mangin, Sports Illustrated)

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