Courthouse News Service reports that Lance Armstrong may see documents from the Federal government’s criminal doping investigation in the wake of the U.S. Postal Service’s sponsorship of Armstrong’s former team, a federal judge ruled.
U.S. District Judge Christopher R. Cooper on Monday granted in part Lance Armstrong’s motion to compel production of documents. The judge disagreed with the federal government’s argument that the documents from the criminal investigation are protected work product.
Cooper noted the court’s previous distinction between protected “opinion” work product, which reflects an attorney’s mental processes, and “fact” work product, which encompasses “relevant, non-privileged facts” and is discoverable if a substantial need and unavailability by other means is shown.