Another look at Floyd’s fate

Over the past several weeks, I’ve been in a few email exchanges with some of you who are commenting on Floyd Landis’ guilt or innocence. I’ve responded saying that I don’t know Floyd so I don’t know if he is guilty or innocent. What I do know is that he deserves a fair hearing. Until that takes place, I will presume him innocent.

I have also stated that I believe the system is not designed to deliver a fair hearing and therefore, justice. Whatever comes out of the USADA hearing is already discredited.

To better explain my feelings, look at it this way.

It is the holiday season. A season for driving. So, let’s say you take the traditional holiday road trip and encounter the following:

You are heading down the highway cruise control set at the speed limit, 65mph. You happen to be in the left lane when in your rear view mirror, you see an SUV barreling down on you like a bat out of the depths of Hades. At the last minute, he swings into the right hand lane and passes you like you are standing still.

At the moment the two cars are even on the road, a trooper passes you from the opposite direction. He immediately swings around and pulls you over. After all, you were the one in the left lane therefore, of the two cars, you were the one going faster.

You explain to the officer that the car on the right was speeding. You had your cruise control on and you were going the speed limit of 65mph. Your pleas fall on deaf ears, you get a ticket.

You feel you have a good case to fight so you prepare for court. You ask for the radar documentation, the trooper training, and any other evidence you think may help your case in trying to prove their was an error in cars. You are told you are not entitled to anything other than the printout of the speed you were going. You call your lawyer.

Your lawyer tells you the Mayor sets the law in the town you were caught. He picks the police officers and writes the law. The law says that the police and the radar are presumed perfect and infallible. You can’t challenge them. Also, the mayor has imposed a zero tolerance law on speeders. First offense and you lose your license for two years. Since you need to drive in order to work, panic sets in. If you lose the case, you lose your job.

You want to challenge the officer’s judgement on who was speeding. You ask your lawyer to petition the judge to admit the other car into evidence. You have data that says your speedometer is accurate and your cruise control is in perfect working order. Your lawyer tells you that the Mayor picked the judges too. Not only that, the Mayor decides how the judge tries the case. What he/she can accept into evidence. How the whole proceedings will occur.

You get REAL desperate. Let me talk to the Mayor. As the words exit your mouth, the Mayor is on TV saying all drivers are speeders. Those without tickets are not innocent, they have yet to be caught.

The trial happens. The verdict is rendered. Can you really trust the verdict?

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9 Responses to Another look at Floyd’s fate

  1. Daniel M says:

    Jim,

    Excellent post. Excellent points. There’s a snowball’s chance in Hades that you could trust the verdict. That’s the kind of thing that gets me all riled up and ready to rant.

    – Rant

  2. pelotonjim says:

    I am trying to find a way to explain how unfair the process is for Floyd. With that said, I can not be held responsible for any rants that may come as a result of reading my posts.

  3. Theresa says:

    Pj, you do a great job of drawing a picture that all of us can relate to. That’s what we need more of for the people who blow off cyclists (and other athletes) as “cheats” before they’ve even been accused (and allowed due process). Of course, these are the people that watch football, and NBA games that end up in a brawl.

  4. pelotonjim says:

    Thanks for the compliment! 🙂

  5. ilsanjo says:

    I have a true story about our legal system/traffic violations in the US that might apply to Landis as well. I was given a ticket for not stopping at a stop sign. But I did stop. I decided to appeal. I noticed that from where the police car was parked his vision was blocked by bushes. So I videotaped other cars at stop sign. You couldn’t tell if they stopped or not. When I appeared in court the judge wouldn’t allow me to show the tape, even though there was atv/video player in court. T

  6. ilsanjo says:

    Part two. The judge ruled I stopped too soon and ordered me to pay fine & attend traffic school. At traffic school the instructer advised me during Q&A that judge should have allowed video. He suggested I should have sent letter to court prior to hearing, then judge would have had to address issue of vedeo evidence.
    ps: 1 year later same judge was found guilty of dui as reported in local paper.

  7. pelotonjim says:

    What goes around comes around. Maybe Dick Pound will get busted on a possession charge!

  8. […] It’s certainly been an interesting day in Anti-Doping World. Lots of activity. Let’s begin with the decision in the Landaluce case (announced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in this press release), which shows it is possible to win in a system where the deck is very much stacked against athletes facing sanctions for doping violations. Peloton Jim does a good job of explaining just how biased in favor of the prosecution the system is over at Endless Cycle.* […]

  9. Daniel M says:

    Yeah, maybe he’ll be busted on a charge of possession of too much testosterone. I really think he needs to cut down a little. He’s getting the typical agressiveness of someone who’s “up to his eyeballs” in the stuff. 😉

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