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Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Tim Donaghy's Secret Code


The Smoking Gun has a copy of a letter from the United States Attorney's offices to the court, asking for lenience for disgraced former NBA referee Tim Donaghy.

One of the strongest claims for leniency: The U.S. Attorneys say that Donaghy contacted officials about cooperating before he had ever been made officially aware that he was even being investigated (although he was aware that associate Thomas Martino had been in touch with the government).   

The letter adheres to the going theory from the NBA that there is no evidence Donaghy affected the outcomes of games as part of his betting scheme.

Some highlights: