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Confessing the lies

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.
January 18, 2013 1:31:34 PM PST
He lost his credibility a long time ago, but it was still slightly stunning to hear Lance Armstrong finally admit publicly what the rest of the world has suspected for years - that he used performance enhancing drugs when he won all those cycling championships.

Now comes the devolution of his sudden burst of honesty. And why in the middle of all this candor is he being investigated again for lying? There's much analysis today that Armstrong wasn't honest when he told Oprah Winfrey that he stopped using illegal dope in 2005- and they cite his higher than allowed blood values at the 2009 Tour de France as proof.

Investigators say Armstrong's biggest fear is criminal prosecution - and if the last time he did illegal drugs was in 2005, then he's on the "right side" or close to the statute of limitations. But if there's money laundering and drug trafficking in 2009 and later, well, that's definitely the wrong side of the statute.

Sources say he's also worried about civil damages - like paying back millions in endorsement money, now that he's admitted he lied.

What a fraud, again, if it turns out his honesty tour was another lie. I'm just sayin'.

We'll have any new developments in the affair-de-Armstrong, at 11.

Also at 11, nearly 3 months after Sandy slammed the tri-state, the fallout from all those cars that were destroyed (an estimated 400,000) is still being felt. Tonight we have the story of a woman who bought a VW and was trading in a Nissan. The storm hit during that transition, and the VW dealer's insurance company wouldn't cover the Nissan that was being traded in, when it was drowned by Sandy. It became a $20,000 nightmare for a local grandmother, until she drove to Nina Pineda and got 7 On Your Side.

And we're following two stories of corruption. The first involves former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, who was indicted today, charged with accepting hundreds of thousands in kickbacks and bribes, in an alleged attempt to benefit from a multi-million dollar Katrina repair project.

The other is a former close aide to Cardinal Edward Egan when he was the Bishop in Bridgeport. Monsignor Kevin Wallin was suspended last May when officials discovered he was cross dressing and having sex in the rectory of his church. Now he's been charged with laundering money out of an adult video shop he runs - to hide money he made as part of a meth drug ring.

Charming.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Diana Williams (in for Sade Baderinwa) and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.

BILL RITTER

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