Closure of Armstrong probe could affect feds

GREG RISLING Associated Press Published:

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Now that the federal government has closed its investigation of Lance Armstrong, some legal experts are wondering whether the effort to prosecute superstar athletes over doping claims is worth it.

On Friday, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles said Armstrong would not be charged after a two-year probe into accusations that the seven-time Tour de France winner and his teammates systematically used performance-enhancing drugs to prepare for races.

Mark Werksman, a former federal prosecutor who is now a defense attorney, says investigators were "scouring the countryside" to try and find a crime by the athletes. He says that's wrong.

The Armstrong investigation follows the trial of Barry Bonds last year in which the home run king was convicted of just one charge and sentenced to 30 days home confinement. Bonds lives in a Beverly Hills mansion.