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Attorney says booze, media led him to leak BALCO documents

Updated: June 6, 2007, 11:54 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- The disgraced criminal defense attorney facing prison for leaking grand jury testimony in the BALCO steroids investigation blamed alcohol, drugs and depression for his downfall, according to court documents filed by prosecutors Wednesday.

Troy Ellerman also said journalists' constant "hounding" led him to show transcripts of testimony by baseball stars Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and other athletes to a San Francisco Chronicle reporter.

In the filing, prosecutors ...

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