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Attorney says Benoit suffered from hormone disorder

The Associated Press ran a story yesterday about Chris Benoit and his hormone disorder that according to his personal doctor’s attorney, the steroids prescribed to the former World champion were for legitimate use. Manny Arora, who is representing Dr Astin in the case, said that a federal agent failed to tell a judge who issued the search warrants about the condition that Benoit was suffering from. DEA agents found that Benoit was being prescribed 10 months worth of anabolic steroids every three to four weeks for a whole year from May 2006 to May 2007. Arora said that if the US government consulted a hormone disorder specialist, they would have learned that the amount of steroids in question was not excessive and would be the appropriate dosage based on his medical condition. Astin has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of improperly prescribing painkillers and other drugs to two patients other than Benoit. Federal prosecutors plan a superseding indictment with new charges. He is free on bail but must remain in his home except under limited circumstances. A pretrial conference is scheduled for September 18th.