NEW YORK - Lance Armstrong has hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him in the federal investigation for possible fraud and doping violations by the seven-time Tour de France winner and his cycling teammates.
Bryan D. Daly is a former federal prosecutor based in Los Angeles and partner at the firm Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton.
His hiring by Armstrong was first reported by The Daily Journal, a legal trade publication, and then by the New York Daily News.
Daly confirmed to the AP he had been hired by Armstrong in an e-mail late Wednesday night.
The investigation was spurred by accusations from Floyd Landis, a former teammate of Armstrong's on the U.S. Postal team, in a series of e-mails sent to cycling and doping officials this spring.
Armstrong has denied the allegations and questioned Landis' credibility. Landis was stripped of his 2006 Tour title for doping.
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