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Atty to Get 33 Months for Steroids Leak

Posted Jul 5, 2007 8:16 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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A San Francisco lawyer who disclosed grand jury testimony by professional baseball players about alleged steroids use has agreed to a plea bargain that involves 33 months in jail.

Troy Ellerman earlier gave up his license to practice law in California, after authorities learned that he had been the person who allowed a San Francisco newspaper reporter to see transcripts of grand jury testimony by famed slugger Barry Bonds and other elite players in an ongoing federal investigation of alleged steroids use. He initially agreed to a 24-month term, but that plea was rejected earlier by a federal judge, and prosecutors have now agreed to seek a $60,000 fine, rather than the maximum $250,000, reports the AP.

Ellerman pleaded guilty in February to four felony counts of obstruction of justice and disobeying court orders.

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