Josh Peter (pictured) of Yahoo Sports reports that the FBI suspects a defense attorney, Troy Ellerman, leaked confidential grand jury information in the Balco steroids case to the San Francisco Chronicle. Peter attributes his information to a private investigator who was recently fired by Ellerman. Peter said he also has other sources identifying Ellerman as the FBI’s target. Ellerman initially represented Conte, who founded Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative (BALCO), the company at the center of the steroid distribution investigation. It isn’t known whether the Justice Department would drop its case against Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams if their source were discovered. The two are out of jail pending an appeal of their 18-month jail sentence. The next hearing is set for Feb. 12.

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