Graham wants judge to toss out conviction for lying to investigators

SAN FRANCISCO -- Disgraced track coach Trevor Graham asked a judge Friday to toss out his conviction for making false statements to federal doping investigators.

Graham argued in court papers that even if he did lie he said nothing to hinder the government probe of sprinter Marion Jones and other athletes suspected of lying to authorities about their drug use. Prosecutors needed to prove the lies were "material" to convict Graham of making false statements.

A federal jury convicted Graham last month of falsely downplaying the relationship he had with the admitted drug dealer Angel "Memo" Heredia. Graham said he had only spoken on the telephone with Heredia once while prosecutors showed the jury records showing numerous calls between telephone numbers owned by Graham and Heredia.

Prosecutors told the jury that Graham's lies slowed their investigation of Jones and the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, better known as BALCO where a massive performance enhancing drug ring was based. Jones, who Graham once coached, is currently in prison after pleading guilty to lying about her performance enhancing drug use.

The U.S. attorney's office in San Francisco didn't immediately return a telephone call.

In his court papers, Graham complains that prosecutors haven't charged Heredia or several of the athletes who testified at his trial that he set them up with illegal, performance enhancing drugs.

A judge will consider Graham's arguments on July 18.