Crime Doesn’t Pay
Posted by Jon Littman on September 17, 2010 in Performance, Stories, Storytelling

LANCE ARMSTRONG is in the news with the evidence that star FDA investigator Jeff Novitzky has gotten permission from French authorities to receive the cyclist’s controversial “B” samples from the 1999 Tour de France. This very same week the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld an earlier decision that Novitzky violated the 4th Amendment in the search of MLB records that led to sensational headlines, and the illegal release of the records of Alex Rodriguez, Sammy Sosa and others. In other words, Armstrong’s hunter cheated. It’s a text-book example of the risks of cops who believe the ends justify the means. Police will study Novitzky’s  illegal search for years to come. Irony, perhaps. Crime doesn’t pay.