Armstrong Would Gain Little by Confessing

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Lance Armstrong has made few public comments in the three months since a massive file of doping evidence came out against him.

After years of vehement denials about doping, such prolonged silence practically qualifies as pleading the Fifth Amendment – declining to respond when almost nothing you can say will help your own cause, except maybe a full confession.

Not even a confession may help Armstrong much now, unless it's largely to relieve his conscience, according to legal analysts and the rules governing doping penalties.

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