Arm­strong play­ing it safe by hir­ing lawyer

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

NEW YORK — Lance Arm­strong says hir­ing a crim­i­nal de­fense lawyer in the face of a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion for pos­si­ble fraud and dop­ing vi­o­la­tions is merely a mat­ter of pro­tect­ing him­self.

“Ob­vi­ously, you need some le­gal coun­sel on this. … I wouldn’t read any­thing into it,” he said. “I’m 100 per­cent con­fi­dent that there will be a sat­is­fac­tory res­o­lu­tion for me.”

The Austin res­i­dent hired Bryan D. Daly, a for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor based in Los An­ge­les.

“This is the United States of Amer­ica. You can’t pros­e­cute some­body for some­thing they didn’t do — nor­mally,” Arm­strong said. “But along the way, you’ve got to pro­tect your­self.”

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