Sat, 05 Mar 2005
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BALCO founder hires new lawyers

SAN FRANCISCO, California: Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative founder Victor Conte, one of four men charged with distributing steroids to top athletes, has hired new attorneys to represent him in federal court.

Mary McNamara and Ed Swanson of San Francisco are expected to appear on Conte's behalf Friday to substitute for Robert Holley, the Sacramento attorney who has been representing Conte since his indictment a year ago, McNamara said.

She declined to elaborate. Neither Conte nor Holley could be reached for comment.

The change of counsel comes two weeks before a March 16 hearing in front of U.S. District Judge Susan Illston. The hearing involves allegations from Conte that federal agents illegally searched Burlingame-based BALCO and wrongfully obtained statements from him and the company's vice president, James Valente.

Conte is accused of distributing steroids that eventually made their way to as many as 30 baseball, football and track and field stars. Also indicted are Valente, track coach Remy Korchemny and Greg Anderson, the childhood friend and weight trainer of San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds. --AP





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