Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 10/28/14

25 Jul 1999: (Left-Right) Alex Zulle of Switerland, Lance Armstrong of the USA and Fernando Escartin Spain after stage 20 of the 1999 Tour de France betweenArpajon and Paris, France. \ Mandatory Credit: Doug Pensinger /Allsport
By admitting to Oprah Winfrey that he doped during his professional cycling career, Lance Armstrong potentially opened himself up to a stream of litigation that could hurt his pocketbook for years to come. And then there's the big question: Will his mea culpa result in the reopening of a criminal investigation by the U.S. government? Some legal experts believe the disillusionment and anger now directed at Armstrong will force the government to re-examine its evidence in light of his admissions, but others say revisiting the criminal case is unlikely. ''There are no formal guidelines on reopening one, and the discretion is left to the prosecutor,'' said Matthew Levine, a former federal prosecutor and a white-collar defense attorney in New York. ''But generally there's a lot of pressure not to reopen, especially where the declination has been made public. It does happen, but it's quite rare.'' Last February, federal prosecutors in Los Angeles announced they were dropping their inv...
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