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The burden of proof

Updated: February 14, 2005, 11:25 AM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

Two and a half years ago, literary agent Ronald Laitsch began pitching publishers on a proposed book by Jose Canseco. In it, the former big-league slugger would admit to bulking up on steroids and name several well-known baseball players who used them alongside him.

But Laitsch said the proposal was turned down in meeting after meeting with publishers who feared potential libel suits could compromise any gains made.

"Editors were real high on the book, but the lawyers at the publishing ...

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