Christophe Ena, File, Associated Press
In this July 25, 2004 file photo, Lance Armstrong holds his hand on his chest as he listens to national anthems after winning his sixth straight Tour de France race, in Paris.

After reading the Deseret News editorial about Lance Armstrong ("Former cycling champion Lance Armstrong's fall from fame disappointing," Aug. 28), one may conclude that the Deseret News does not believe in the principle of innocent until proven guilty.

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The USADA claims they have hard evidence of Armstrong's guilt — but where is this evidence? Armstrong chose not to pursue arbitration in a process that is historically biased against athletes. And, the Deseret News in its rationalizing Armstrong's guilt, fell prey to the false claim of the USADA that it can strip Armstrong of his Tour de France titles.

The reality is that it has no authority to do so. When one considers the statement of a federal judge last week overseeing Armstrong's suit against the USADA, that the USADAs motives are highly suspect, one can easily come back to one of our nations founding principles — innocent until proven guilty — and conclude that Armstrong, just as every doping test he has taken has shown, is as innocent as ever.

Rob Moore