It seems to me it was a bad decision putting a lawyer” “Travis Tagart” to head up USADA. Prosecution lawyers, and lawyers generally do not concern themselves with justice, they consider only winning for their client within narrow definition of the rules, in this case the carefully crafted one sided rules of federations, not the law of the land.
How can you make sure someone is guilty and give them a fair defence?
Jurisprudence and the judicial process demands a hearing before guilt is determined in which an accused is allowed to both hear and challenge evidence and given notice to prepare, in which the prosecution aimed at winning, the judge aimed at upholding rules and jury who decide guilt are all different and independent people. And that is why the law of the land is what it is.
Only after that process can guilt be determined, and the guilty sentenced.
It is clear that USADA are afraid of the law, which is why the force athletes to agree to this one sided farce in which Travis Tagart seemingly wants to play judge jury and executioner, dictating guilt and sentence, and the accused only has right to just as one sided arbitration decided by a different federation.
The problem is , with these mock executions USADA brings a process which needs to be squeaky clean into further disrepute and controversy.
I do not know whether Lance is guilty or Innocent. I am happy to believe either based on the facts.
What I do know is he has the right to be treated as innocent until proven guilty by a court process
in which proven liars and cheats like Hamilton and Landis and others that cut sweat heart deals
are treated as totally unreliable witnesses.
Lance is right to stay clear of this banana republic injustice , in which a decision is made behind closed doors by USADA and Tygart in which they choose which facts are considered, then decide guilt and pass sentence.
It is sad that Travis Tygart has turned such a serious business into yet another doping farce by trying to use a banana republic justice system. No wonder USADA appear afraid of the legal system, and want to create their own instead.
My advice? Find someone else who is impartial, who is interested in justice and jurisprudence, Whise first job is to put a proper process in place, which if separate from ordinary judiciary must be modelled on the same, in which the public can trust. Then and only then give Lance a hearing with all the normal legal safeguards.
If a proper process said Lance was guilty , in which Travis Tygart does not play judge jury and executioner then and only then will I believe it!
I am reminded of the Butch Reynolds case, in which thes institutions railroaded inadequate justice through a flawed process that went all the way to the supreme court. Reynolds only lost an appeal on a massive settlement for that because by having these myriad of quangos they can then argue on which one has jurisdiction for any who have the temerity to challenge.
I suspect it is the Butch Reynolds case, that made the system even more one sided as it is now: which basically says – if we say you are guilty , you are guilty.
They need to know the process has victims. I met Diane Modahl for example, and if proof is needed these quangos are fallible, people need look no further than her.
I want clean sport too. But the difference I suspect between me and Travis Tygart, is I not only want to see justice, I want justice to be seen to be done. Not current injustice which says “If we say you are guilty, you are, trust us.” The public want and deserve better than that.