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PARIS - A Paris court yesterday threw out Lance Armstrong's request that a book detailing suggestions of doping include a denial by the five-times Tour de France champion, and fined him.
Judge Catherine Bezio rejected Armstrong's request for an emergency order after hearings on Friday with lawyers for Armstrong and the publishers of "L.A. Confidentiel, les secrets de Lance Armstrong" (L.A. Confidential, the secrets of Lance Armstrong).
The verdict said the accusations contained in the book "do not necessarily constitute defamation" because of a French law exempting from prosecution certain allegations made in good faith or if they later turned out to be true.
It said Armstrong's decision to seek an emergency order had not left time for the court to study the use of the good faith defense. It also ordered him to pay legal costs, a 1,500-euro fine and one symbolic euro in damages for faulty procedure.
Originally posted by Ben
how could they reject something like that.