Speaker - Lance Williams

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Lance Williams is a reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle and co-authored Game of Shadows with Mark Fainaru-Wada, which chronicled baseball slugger Barry Bonds' alleged steroid use. On May 5, 2006, Fainaru-Wada and Williams were subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury about how they obtained Bonds' leaked grand jury testimony. On May 31, the authors urged United States District Judge Martin Jenkins of San Francisco to excuse them from testifying. This appeal was supported by affidavits from Washington Post reporters Carl Bernstein and Mark Corallo, a former press secretary to former Attorney General John Ashcroft, but was denied on August 15, 2006. On Sept 21, 2006, the journalists were sentenced to 18 months in prison for contempt of court. The two have repeatedly stated that they would go to prison before revealing their sources. The two avoided jail time, however, when attorney Troy Ellerman pleaded guilty on Feb. 14, 2007, to leaking the information, lying to prosecutors, obstructing justice and disobeying a court order not to disclose grand jury information.

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Beyond BALCO: Fainaru-Wada and Williams

05.30.07 | 01:07:14 min | 0 comments