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Defendants' attorneys allege illegal searches, coercion

Updated: October 29, 2004, 11:22 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- No misconduct occurred during the investigation of a man charged with distributing illegal steroids to some of the nation's best-known athletes, federal prosecutors contended in briefs filed Friday.

Attorneys for four defendants charged in the case allege their clients were subjected to illegal searches and coerced by federal investigators.

The four are connected to BALCO, a nutritional supplement lab at the center of a scandal that has rippled through ...

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