PITTSBURGH — Curtis Strong, who was convicted of selling cocaine to major league baseball players, has been granted immunity to testify before a federal grand jury about his customers and sources.
U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond approved the immunity grant for Strong, who then testified for an hour and 25 minutes before the grand jury.
Diamond, citing laws requiring secrecy in grand jury proceedings, excluded the public and reporters from the courtroom while he considered the immunity request. Several news organizations said they would file legal briefs asking for a copy of the transcript of the proceedings.
The grand jury is not the one that indicted Strong and six other men on charges that they sold cocaine to ballplayers. It was not known who or what this panel is investigating.