Ex-cyclist Thomas indicted again, with new charges of perjury, obstruction

Updated: March 12, 2008, 2:16 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO -- A former elite cyclist again pleaded not guilty Wednesday to lying to a grand jury about using steroids.

A grand jury handed down a new indictment against Tammy Thomas on Tuesday with five counts of perjury -- two more than previously alleged -- and an obstruction charge. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the new charges.

A federal judge had previously ordered prosecutors to revise Thomas' initial indictment because the judge found that too many of the cyclist's alleged lies were lumped into too few charges.

The new indictment contained the same core allegations against Thomas and didn't alter the case significantly.

Thomas was due back in court later Wednesday to ask a judge to toss out the charges.

Thomas alleged that prosecutors wrongly disclosed to the public her medical records, which showed her doctor's diagnosis that Thomas' growth of a beard, a voice change and other symptoms were side effects of steroid use.

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