Broken Evidence, But Guilty Anyways
The first forensic test results were thrown out for reliability reasons. The mishandling of the second test was unreliable enough that the arbitrators warned the lab that continued errors would result in dismissed claims, but the two of the three arbitrators thought these results were valid enough to destroy this one career. On that basis the accused was found guilty, but even if he hadn’t been he still would have been down the two million dollars he spent on his defense. There are still appeals to be had, but what a crock.
As I read the reporting (and I haven’t seen the ruling yet – not sure if it will even be public), sloppy practices can be allowed to ruin a few careers, but if it goes on long enough that it really stinks, and might make the process look tainted, then the arbitrators might take some action to protect their own reputations.
I hope Floyd Landis does appeal and leaves them staring at the backside of his yellow jersey, and that maybe someone will see finally a reason to fix this ridiculous system.