Vick Agrees To Plead Guilty In Dog Fighting Case

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Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal to avoid additional federal charges related to a professional dog fighting operation, according to one of Vick’s attorneys.

Vick’s D.C.-based attorney, William R. Martin, made the announcement in a written statement released by his office this afternoon. Martin said that Vick accepted full responsibility for his actions and decided over the weekend to accept the plea deal. Martin also added that Vick apologizes to everyone who has been hurt by this matter.

Vick will enter a guilty plea to the felony conspiracy charge next Monday at 10:30 a.m., said Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick’s defense attorneys.

“Mike’s accepting full responsibility,” Woodward said. “He’s going to do everything he can personally and professionally to make this situation right.”

By pleading guilty, Vick will avoid more serious charges related to the dog fighting operation called “Bad Newz Kennels.” His other three co-defendants said Vick almost entirely funded the operation.

The details of the plea deal are not immediately clear. According to two sources, the deal is expected to include a recommendation from prosecutors that Vick serve at least a year in prison.

The federal judge, Henry E. Hudson, has the final decision in sentencing.

Also, it is unclear how the NFL will discipline Vick. The league is still working on its review of Vick’s case.

“We’re going to do what we always said we were going to do, which is rely on the facts,” Goodell [NFL Commissioner] said. “If there is some type of a plea agreement, then we will obviously take the time to understand what that plea is and we’ll see how it fits into our personal conduct (policy).”

Source: Washington Post, The Virginian-Pilot

82 Responses to “Vick Agrees To Plead Guilty In Dog Fighting Case”

  1. Bridgett says:

    Puh-lease, don’t tell me he is just going to get a slap on the wrist for this? Puh-lease, don’t tell me money is going to get him out of this?

  2. Joe says:

    Very disappointed the FEDs let him off with a plea bargain. He probably won’t see much time. Hopefully NFL commish. will ban him for life because of the gambling.

  3. Bridgett says:

    I doubt it. This guy is getting off.

  4. Jenny Bark says:

    The judge will have the say in the end no matter what the lawyers say. A life time will not be enough but with his money & pull at least all of the poor dogs & bate animals will get something.

  5. menusux says:

    I was hoping for capital punishment in the style of the old Roman Empire–throw him to the lions.

  6. Lynn says:

    Menusux: What? You want to give the poor lions tainted food? Give him to Al Qaeda.

    I’m desperately unhappy that the feds even bothered to dangle a plea deal in front of him. Bad news. The minute they did you knew this wasn’t going to go down the way we had hoped.

    Does anyone know the terms of the deal?

  7. Lynn says:

    NFL better step up to the plate and get rid of him now. Forever.

  8. Jeanie says:

    I was watching some legal experts discuss the Vick case on TV and they said he would have to serve a minimum of one year with all the charges against him, possibly two. The football commentators I was watching said most likely his football career is over. No football practice for 1-2 years means the player is not NFL caliber anymore. I sure hope so.

  9. NH says:

    NFL - FIRE THAT “MAN’S” BUTT!

  10. Jenny Bark says:

    I heard the same thing as Jeanie. I don’t think he will ever play again. The Feds said they won’t say anything until it’s over.

  11. Lynn says:

    Wonder what this so-called NFL investigative commission will decide? It’s a no-brainer. [Why they had the commission to start with boggles my mind.]

    But again, I really applaud all the companies that have/had contracts with Vick who suspended or canceled any of his endorsements. That was the right thing to do. Now let’s see if the NFL has the guts to do the same thing - permanently.

  12. Bridgett says:

    One of the articles said that Vick has said he just wants to get to the life he had before all this happened. Supposedly he is accepting full responsibility for what he has done. Doesn’t sound like it to me. Sounds like he wants to pretend like he did nothing wrong and so should we!

  13. Lynn says:

    I was just looking at one of the other blogs. Someone wrote that the Judge does not have to accept the plea deal.

    Who’s the Judge? Anyone know? Background?

  14. Jenny Bark says:

    Lynn I don’t remember his name but they call him the hang man.

  15. menusux says:

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law/08/20/vick/

    CNN-

    “Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick has accepted a plea deal that could send him to prison, ending a federal dogfighting prosecution that jeopardizes his pro football career, his lawyers said.

    “A status conference on the case is set for 3 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Richmond, Virginia.

    “The U.S. Attorney’s office had no comment.

    “Vick’s attorneys have been negotiating with federal prosecutors over terms of the deal, which must be approved by the judge. While prosecutors can recommend a sentence, the decision ultimately rests with the judge.

    “The plea would help Vick avoid additional federal charges.

    “Federal prosecutors had offered a deal recommending an 18- to 36-month prison sentence. Vick’s attorneys were trying to reduce that to less than a year, two sources told CNN earlier on Monday.

    “If Vick backs out of the deal, he could face additional charges in the case when the grand jury convenes in Richmond.

    “The NFL is considering what, if any, sanctions they should impose on the 27-year-old suspended Atlanta Falcons player.”

  16. Debra says:

    This just covers the Feds. The state or county is going after him and he has plead guilty, so what is his defense to the state? He has none. Of course, he could receive concurrent sentences. Arthur Blank is said to be very disgusted with him, so the Falcons are done with him. I must believe that the NFL will not allow him to return based on the gambling. We all need to rev up the mailing machine to the NFL to demand his expulsion. Further the NFL needs to make it very clear that dogfighting is not tolerated. I do hope that he is barred from owning a dog ever. He is not worthy.

    Now we can turn our thoughts to the poor dogs hauled away from the Virginia home. They are not long for this world I would guess. Poor things, they never had a chance at life.

  17. Claudia says:

    Just listening to a national Canadian radio show right now. Most of the ‘experts’ and callers believe his career is over. Lifetime ban. I hope so. And I hope that he’s ordered to give all of his earnings for those years to animal charities. That’s the least he can do.

  18. Bridgett says:

    Here is an article I found about the judge.

    http://content.hamptonroads.co.....;ran=33340

  19. straybaby says:

    Lynn, couple reasons the NFL investigated this. one, if it drug out until a trial, they could take action ahead of that since he would have been claiming innocence. 2, the gambling issue and the possibility of a ban vs suspension. 3, cover their butts on any action they do take. they would not speak with his attorneys about what they were planning as far as his future and also said they wanted to see what happened in court, so it sounds like they are not sitting back waiting to welcome him with open arms. they have also kept him off the field. i have a feeling, he won’t be putting on an NFL jersey again. any action they take can be harsher than what the team can do. just need to make sure it’s done right with all the i’s dotted and t’ crossed ;)

  20. straybaby says:

    Debra, i read earlier that they were trying to get a deal that would make it so the state couldn’t press charges. he could face up to 40 yrs max on state charges an article said this AM. hope like heck he didn’t get that. and hope like heck the judge sticks to his ways and doesn’t go soft.

  21. Lynn says:

    This is an old article. Worth reading.

    http://news.newamericamedia.or.....9276e8ddaf

    Scary, huh?

  22. danielle says:

    I don’t see how any plea deal with the feds has any connection to possible state charges. What I think happened was he carefully worded the plea so that VA wouldn’t have any admission on the record related to any possible charges the state would bring. The feds were charging him with conspiracy, which was a weak charge to begin with. It was only about interstate commerce. The only reason he copped a plea was because his co-defendants turned on him and it was already a PR nightmare with what little details came out. From what I understand VA has very tough dogfighting laws and they could charge him with a laundry list of crimes. So let’s hope for a few more years tacked on to the federal time, for the 6 or 8 dogs he executed at least.

  23. Lynn says:

    Bridgett:
    Thanks for the info on the Judge. Looks like he’s the right man for this job. Doesn’t have a high rate of appeals, either.

    Straybaby:
    Yep - sounds like the NFL commission tasked with reviewing the Vick situation was just doing it for CYA purposes. I can understand that. I wonder if they’re just waiting now to see if the Judge approves the plea deal, and if so, announce the commission’s “outcome” [which hopefully would translate to terminating the SOB for life].

  24. Barb says:

    This article lists the Judges (scroll down):
    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/.....6-700.html

    Write letters to:

    United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Virginia
    ATN: Assistant U.S. attorneys Michael R. Gill and Brian L. Whisler
    600 East Main Street, Suite 1800
    Richmond, VA 23219-2447
    ph: 804-819-5400; fax: 804-771-2316
    Comments: usaovae.webmastervae@usdoj.gov
    Questions/information requests: usavae.usattys@usdoj.gov
    SOURCE: http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae

    Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter
    SURRY COUNTY
    Post Office Box 358 * Surry, Virginia 23883
    ph: 804-294-3118; fax: 804-294-3560
    SOURCE: http://www.justice.gov/usao/va…..matty.html

    This article lists the Judges (scroll down):
    http://www.inrich.com/cva/ric/.....6-700.html

  25. Lynn says:

    The following is from http://www.techsideline.com/me.....462b7a44f7

    ~~~~

    Atlanta lawyer Dan Meachum, a member of Vick’s defense team, declined to comment yesterday on any possible negotiations.

    “I stand by Michael Vick,” Meachum said. “He’s a good kid in a bad situation. I’m a dog owner, a dog lover. I would not be involved in this case if I didn’t believe in him.”
    ~~~~

  26. Lynn says:

    In some background info on Vick I read that he was diverting his winnings to the old neighborhood……if so, he sure did……by getting them involved in this heinous crime.

  27. Debra says:

    I am not inclined to believe what a defense attorney says about his client.

  28. Kiki says:

    Lynn:
    “I’m appalled at the number of people on other websites pulling the race card on this one.”

    What’s new?….same ol’ same ol’…

  29. Lynn says:

    Debra:

    Believe me - never for a moment did I give Vick’s attorney any credence.

    His statement is just another example of how people love the almighty buck and will compromise their personal values in order to get it.

  30. Moonbeam says:

    I don’t believe he is a good kid gone wrong - (kid sounds so immature and not responsible for bad decisions) - he is an adult that thrives on the “rush” from seeing his dogs fight. He is cutting his losses hoping to stave off the worst case scenerio - He needs to do hard core “joint” time and never be allowed to play football again. The man is a criminal and dog abuser of the worst kind. He did it for fun! Shame on him.

  31. Lynn says:

    Think I saw a reference about this somewhere….perhaps not.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....index.html

  32. Stefani says:

    Lying jerk. Now how foolish do all those people feel who rushed in to defend his honor? What honor? No honor! He’s only doing this because he knew it would be a lot worse if he kept lying, the truth was going to come out and there will be a money trail pointing right at him.

    This man should NEVER EVER EVER be allowed to play football again.

    And think of the last month he spent lying and saying he knew nothing about it. Blaming his FAMILY, his OWN FAMILY, saying that they were doing this without his knowledge, behind his back.

    Absolutely repugnant behavior, which continues.

    Stefani
    The Toonces Project
    “Is Your Pet Safe at the Vet?”
    http://www.TheTooncesProject.com

  33. CGP says:

    He is not only one of the most vicious people around, he’s also one of the most criminally stupid. Have always believed he did what he wanted because he thought he could buy his way out of anything. I have read that the state of Virginia is interested in pursuing him but was waiting to see about the outcome of the federal case. Tough penalties in VA. Let’s hope the Falcons/NFL are equally as tough. This fool doesn’t deserve to see the light of day.

  34. Lynn says:

    He was blaming his family? I didn’t know that one.

    Here’s the thing we really have to remember: this guy is hard-wired to be uncompassionate and unremorseful. Ain’t in him. What’s in him is revenge and brutality. Sometimes there’s just no rehabbing someone.

    Assuming his football days are toast, one wonders what he’s going to do to earn a living when he gets out of the slammer. [Shudder.]

  35. Barb says:

    Jack Cafferty is asking for your emails! Question: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick plans to plead guilty in a dog fighting case. What’s the appropriate punishment?

    Email NOW: caffertyfile@cnn.com Jack will be reading a chosen few about 2:55 (PT)

  36. Jenny Bark says:

    On Cnn Cafferty just put Vic down real bad. He said they couldn’t give him enough jail time & should never play again. Wants your imput & to vote. You might get read on tv. Cafferty file@cnn. Most of you write better than me, get him.
    If you can read what Cafferty said, you all will like it.

  37. raymond says:

    They should strip him down, pour hot bacon greese over him, tie him up in a room and let 20 pissed off, hungry pit-bulls have their way with him one at a time. I only hope the first 10 dont finish him off before the next 10 are allowed in. He deserves to suffer just like he made all those pups suffer.

  38. Kiki says:

    Purposely hurting kids and animals - people like that don’t deserve mercy from society and there is no amount of “punishment” that would suffice. These people need to be shunned to the end of their days.

  39. Jenny Bark says:

    You can also get to Cafferty by going to cnn then situation room then Cafferty room. I’ve been there vote going good & a lot of people writing in.

  40. Roberto P. says:

    Yes, Jenny Bark. I just watched Jack Cafferty. He was so upset he was almost in tears. He said 18 months isn’t enough, 5 years isn’t enough. It’s disgusting, appalling. He said he loves animals; all dogs want is to be your friend. He wants your thoughts on Vick at caffertyfiles@cnn.com. Go, Jack Cafferty!! I’ve never seen him that upset and he wasn’t afraidd to show it.

  41. chris says:

    If by chance he goes to prison??? (fingers crossed he will)

    I hope the boys in the prison show Vick what the true meaning of being sacked from behind is.

  42. straybaby says:

    danielle says:
    August 20th, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    this is where is saw the info on the plea regarding state charges:

    “Sources said that, in any plea, Vick would seek to avoid additional charges in Virginia, where Gerald Poindexter, the Commonwealth’s attorney for Surry County, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Friday that he intends to pursue charges and to present evidence to the local grand jury when it convenes Sept. 25.

    The state charges could add a maximum 40 years in potential jail time, if Vick were convicted.
    “Not having to deal [with charges in Virginia] is a key,” said a source. “It’s a big part of [the negotiations].”

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/.....id=2980323

    what i’m getting is Vick was really trying to get it all. less than a year, an NFL career and little to no state charges. sounds about right for his character, imo. dude needs to get a clue! very happy to hear VA is tough on dog fighting! and they can also slap him with animal cruelty, which i would like to see in at least one of these cases. the dogs deserve it.

  43. chris says:

    http://www.atlantafalcons.com/.....ct_Us.aspx

    Email the Falcons to GET RID OF VICK!!!!!!!

  44. 2CatMom says:

    Hear that sucking sound, Vick? That’s your career going down the drain. You’re done Mister. Between the jail time and a hopefully life time ban from the NFL, plus fines and attorney fees - your next stop after jail at best is on the wrestling circuit! Maybe you could hook up with Tonya Harding and you could do a duet!

    Bu-Bye!

  45. Moonbeam says:

    How about charging him with animal torture and put him in prison with cell makes that love dogs and are bigger and badder than Vick every thought of being - and when he gets out label him a danger to society, children, and animals and make him register where he lives and wear an ankle bracelt and oh yeah, let’s not forget the forehead tatoo - where he will be forever known as the creep he is - the slimball dirtbag.

  46. Barb says:

    From HSUS - Thank the U.S. Attorney’s in the Vick case here:

    https://community.hsus.org/campaign/da_thank_you

  47. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    raymond says:
    August 20th, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    They should strip him down, pour hot bacon greese over him, tie him up in a room and let 20 pissed off, hungry pit-bulls have their way with him one at a time. I only hope the first 10 dont finish him off before the next 10 are allowed in. He deserves to suffer just like he made all those pups suffer.
    ————————————————————————————-

    No NO NOOOO!!!
    People that say stuff like that don’t really know what Pit Bulls are like! What’d you’d wind up having is Vick getting a tongue bath from drooling wiggly-butt dogs that just want to be petted! I dunno about you, but I DON’T want to see that!

    What would be a better punishment is to keep him tied to a tree with a heavy chain around his neck, then starve him and beat him every day for a week. Then make him fight 10 geeked-up crackheads one after the other. If he wins EVERY fight, he can have a cheeseburger then it’s back on the chain for another week of starvation and beatings, then another round of 10 fights.

    But if he loses only one fight, he gets the Chinese death of a thousand cuts. With a few rubbing alcohol baths thrown in just for laughs.

    Sound good?

  48. keciacat says:

    In Vick’s MIND all he has to do is say he is sorry and it will all just go away!

  49. Barb says:

    Nell Knapp, a volunteer rescuer who helped out in New Orleans after Katrina, has a great anti-dogfighting t-shirt for sale up on his website here, for anyone interested:

    Shirts are at - http://www.knapp-time.com

  50. Bridgett says:

    The worst punishment Vick can receive in his mind, is never playing the game again. That is what needs to happen. He needs to be fired. Suspended for life. If anyother decision is made, the NFL and the Atlanta Falcons are condoning dog fighting.

  51. Lynn says:

    What a disappointment. Channel 7 in Los Angeles gave it one minute of air time - and after they were 15 minutes into the news. Golly, gee, no sympathy for animals there.

    I was in the car and caught part of a radio show. Don’t know who the guest was - someone who writes about justice in America, I think. Anyway, his interpretation of the plea deal* is that it would translate into one year of prision, which would probably mean only 9 months incarceration. And, get this - he would be tried on transporting dogs for fighting over the state line. NOTHING ABOUT ANIMAL ABUSE. Just trafficking.

    Did I hear this right? It was KFI 640AM radio around 3PM in Los Angeles.

    * I think this might be his SUSPICION of what the deal is all about.

  52. Debra says:

    The NFL and its dogfighting connection. Mark Purdy a sportswriter for the San Jose Mercury News had an excellent editorial entitled “Falcons, NFL had to have suspicions” that began “Somebody else had to know” and ended with this:

    “This doesn’t mean the Falcons or Blank should be punished by the league. It does mean that the team - and the NFL - should not be allowed to claim they are innocent victims in this mess. It does mean that when we watch football on Sundays this season, we will have a lot of questions. I firmly believe most NFL players are good people. But after this, how can we trust that any of them are exactly what they claim to be?

    Also, how much is out there we still don’t know about? That’s the scariest thing of all. Because I am convinced that in Vick’s situation, somebody knew something. And nobody did anything.”

  53. Bridgett says:

    I don’t think the official details have been give to the public yet. We are all going by what we have read in the press.

  54. Bridgett says:

    I am sure other players knew. How could Vick have not talked and or bragged about it to other players? They knew.

  55. Lynn says:

    Add your comment to the CNN website. Far too many jerks who think he should be let off the hook. We need override those opinions.

    http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/law.....index.html

  56. Baaboo says:

    Vick is going to make “situation right”, can he bring back the dogs he hanged, beat to death and drowned. NOT !!!!! He should be in hell !!!!

  57. menusux says:

    http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov/s.....onall.html

    US District Court–Eastern Virginia Court Schedules

    Judge Hudson - Weekly Schedule for 08/20/2007 to 08/27/2007

    08/27/07 10:30 am Case # 3:2007 cr274

    USA vs Vick Plea Agreement Hearing Michael Vick

  58. chris says:

    Say good-bye to your career Vick! It’s GONE!!!!! Your nothing more than a FAT A** headed for the slammer! Hope they send you to an animal loving prison.

  59. Lynn says:

    Another week to wait to find out if the Judge approves the plea bargain. I hope he does not.

  60. ellie says:

    I’m really quite surprised to see so many posts against the plea deal (especially when the specifics are still unknown). I think it’s terrific. Who knows what a jury might have done–just remember the O.J. jury! And even if Vick went to trial and was convicted, he would have become something of a martyr; some people would insist he was being railroaded because of his race, his celebrity status, media attention, whatever.

    This way, Vick is admitting what he did; he can’t ever claim that he’s innocent. He can never deny this. He can’t claim to be the victim of a “rush to judgment.” He can’t claim to be the hero.

    I don’t know if he has contracts with any companies that have not already dropped him, but certainly no company is going to touch him now.

    I do hope that the state of Virginia continues to pursue charges. And certainly the NFL should have the guts to ban him for life.

    I’m thrilled that he’s going to plead guilty.

  61. Maria says:

    I don’t know the terms of the “plea deal”, but I’m guessing he’s more likely to serve 9 months versus the maximum of five years that he could serve. And the NFL is still b.s.-ing about “needing to know the facts?” They’re just waffling, trying to delay a decision on whether or not to ban him from football for life. Sadly, if the NFL does take action against Vick, it will likely be for the gambling aspect, not animal cruelty.

    As for remorse on Vick’s part, I don’t buy it for a minute. He’s not sorry about what he did, just sorry that he got caught. He’s fearful of a trial and having to take the stand (and be subjected to cross examination), so he cops for the plea deal. He’s not the only NFL player connected to dog fighting, either. I hope all the rats involved in this criminal activity get investigated and prosecuted, and as for the NFL claiming they knew nothing about their players’ involvement in dog fighting, I hope someone exposes them as well for allowing this to continue.

  62. Roberto P. says:

    Mike Straka of Fox News said to allow Vick to play football, but electrocute him when the Falcons lose!

  63. Scarbo in Atlanta says:

    Statement From Atlanta Falcons on Vick Plea Deal (8/20/2007 4:35:56 PM)

    The Atlanta Falcons released a statement from their offices in Flowery Branch on the Vick plea deal late Monday afternoon: “We are certainly troubled with the news today concerning Michael Vick’s guilty plea to federal charges. It is our understanding that the terms of Michael’s plea will not be available until next Monday, August 27. Additionally, Commissioner Goodell has asked us not to take any action until he has completed his own review of Michael’s situation. Accordingly, we will have no further comment until that time.”
    ———————————————————————-
    RE:
    Vick will enter a guilty plea to the felony conspiracy charge next Monday (August 27) at 10:30 a.m. ET, said Lawrence Woodward, one of Vick’s defense attorneys, NBC News reported.

    U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who is presiding over the case, said he has the leeway to sentence Vick and his co-defendants as he deems fit and is not bound by the recommended sentences given to him by the prosecution, USA Today said.

    CNN also said that Vick’s attorneys are hoping to hear from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday about what options would be available to the Atlanta Falcons star quarterback if he does accept a plea deal.

  64. Lynn says:

    Ellie,

    95% of all federal cases are won. They just don’t prosecute them unless they have a very high degree of confidence in winning.

    Why I don’t like the plea deal? Because I don’t know what it really entails. For all I know it’s strictly about dog trafficking for dog fighting…..which translates to Vick NOT being tried for killing dogs. And if it’s not that, it means that he made a deal that saves his ass. And I am simply not for saving him at all.

  65. straybaby says:

    Lynn says:
    August 20th, 2007 at 9:58 pm

    he was never charged with killing dogs. BUT, it’s in the indictment and the other statement of facts. SO, if he pleads guilty to what’s in the indictment . . . also, the state will more than likely bring up the animal cruelty charges which are a felony in VA. he could get 5 yrs per dog/animal. and state dogfighting charges could bring a max 40 if i remember all this right. and the US Judge has alluded to aggravated offenses with the other guys. meaning, they could get more time due to the nature of the crimes. dog fighting was bad enough, but the way they killed the dogs may really seal their deals.

  66. steven says:

    He said he was sorry……

    Vick is only sorry that he will loose his career and all the diamonds that go along with it. Maybe Deon Sanders can support him just like he supported the fighting of dogs as “it’s just a sport”. Anyone involved in this should be sent to Iraq without protection.

  67. Lynn says:

    http://www.latimes.com/

    Scroll down a bit and click on the video “Police: Kittens as Dogfight Training Bait.”

  68. Nanette says:

    I hope they make an example out of him and give him the maximum possible punishement.

    I will post a link to this article on my site.

  69. EmilyS says:

    the final horrible cruelty will be the unnecessary and unjustified killing of Vick’s dogs. Vick may not ever deserve a second chance, but surely the victims do. Especially when there are experienced, reputable and knowledgeable people willing to test and examine the dogs to determine which might be suitable for rehoming.

    EmilyS

    This is from Diane Jessup, well known author and found of “LawDogs” a program that places pit bulls as detection dogs.

    OK, so chances are pretty good that Vick released the dogs as part of his plea deal. It is now imperative that those who can offer a realistic place for any of these dogs to go be made known to those who will decide their fate.

    We all know PETA and the HSUS (well, at least Wayne Pacelle) wants the dogs dead. The easy way out; after all, we all know pit bulls are “expendable” just like Vick thought, right? We must work fast as it is “usual procedure” to kill the dogs right away before there can be public outcry.

    I can’t speak for BadRap, or Animal Farm Foundation, but LawDogsUSA would like to be given the opportunity to screen the dogs for use as narcotics and explosives detection dogs. We do not want to be told “oh, they are no good” by someone with no idea what we are looking for. I have never received a reply from Wayne Pacelle concerning this issue despite trying to contact him for weeks.

    We can only save a couple, and then only if they are useful for our program. However, I can’t believe that anyone who loves dogs would deny the opportunity for even one of these victim dogs to have that chance.

    I ask you to please help in any way to get word to those holding the dogs and in charge of their fate to consider allowing us to screen them. I can be reached at or this email or LawDogsUSA@comcast.net.

    Thank you,
    Diane Jessup
    www.LawDogsUSA.org

    _________________
    Diane Jessup
    www.LawDogsUSA.org
    www.WorkingPitBull.com

    http://www.thepitbull-place.co.....p;start=30

  70. Barb says:

    FROM BRENDA SHOSS, KINSHIP CIRCLE: I just had the unique opportunity to speak to Gerald Poindexter, the attorney prosecuting Michael Vick at the state level. I was surprised by his honesty and probably know too much about the inner workings of Vick’s case for my own good!

    Mr. Poindexter’s office wants to PROSECUTE Michael Vick on felony charges for dogfighting, animal cruelty, and killing dogs (a felony in VA). Please ONLY SEND SUPPORTIVE comments in regard to the state’s case against Vick. He has been inundated with hate mail from those who DON’T want Vick prosecuted and those accusing him of playing the race card, etc.

    Mr. Poindexter has asked me to let you, the animal advocacy public, know:
    * The fact Vick pled guilty today and struck a deal in FEDERAL COURT does NOT EFFECT THE STATE’S CASE in Surry, Virginia.

    * The state is making every effort to conduct a thorough investigation. While the state has probable cause to believe crimes were committed and Vick, along with his 3 co-defendants, can be convicted — the state has been unable to complete its investigation.

    WHY?

    Federal prosecutors have placed the main witnesses in a federal protection program. So the state has no access to eyewitness testimony. Surry County (Virginia) evidence — including custody of the 54 confiscated dogs, exercise equipment, etc. — has been handed over to federal investigators.

    “They [federal authorities] hold the upper hand in the sense I don’t know how to communicate with witnesses essential to my case,” Mr. Poindexter told me. “I am effectively at an impasse in terms of physical evidence to build a case on. But, this won’t last. I believe federal authorities will eventually cooperate and we will be able to proceed.”

    Virginia Commonwealth Attorney Gerald Poindexter SURRY COUNTY
    Post Office Box 358 * Surry, Virginia 23883
    PH: 757-294-3118; FAX: 757-294-3560
    NO EMAIL ADDRESS

  71. Lynn says:

    Something worth reading by Justine Nelson in Florida, if only to reinforce what you may already know:

    http://visitors.polkvoice.com/.....tem=656124

    Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

    Michael Vick just set us back a hundred years.

  72. Lynn says:

    Not a valid survey but it gives you an idea of what the general public is feeling:

    How much time should Michael Vick spend behind bars? Of 19314 responses:

    3.9% 1-6 months
    6.1% 6-12 months
    12.0% 1 year
    22.0% 2 years
    31.0% 3-5 years
    20.0% More than 5 years

    4.3% No time at all

  73. G in INdiana says:

    Now when is the IRS going to come in a and try and get the back taxes for Vick’s gambling earnings? RICO is the way they get a lot of drug dealers, gangsters, and johns. You cannot avoid the tax issue and the IRS rarely ever loses a case…

  74. Sharon says:

    I also think he should be charged under RICO. Aside from the horror of the way he killed animals he is guilty of racketeering. Please see attached link:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R.....ations_Act

    I would like to see him have all of his assets seized and be sentenced to twenty in prison. I would also like to know what prompted the Feds to cut him a deal. It stinks to high heaven.

  75. catmom5 says:

    Just made the phone call to Poindexter’s office and left a message with his secretary. At the very least he knows that he’s doing the right thing!

  76. catmom5 says:

    Since “guilty” means I DID IT! how can people now yell racism or whatever other excuses they have for what this man did? Not only did he commit the crimes he was charged with, he blatantly lied about it. It’s beyond me to understand how others cannot be appalled at this behavior, even if you’re not an animal lover. Killing and torturing animals is so wrong. I just don’t get it.
    MV will someday have to answer to a higher power for the atrocities he has committed.

  77. Barb says:

    Re: EmilyS says at August 21st, 2007 at 12:02 am

    Hey Emily, just wanted to let you know I sent your post above (the one quoting Diane Jessop of LawDogsUSA,) to my friend Brenda of Kinship Circle last night http://www.kinshipcircle.org/ Brenda posted it in her latest alert which I just received, linking it to your itchmo comment. Kinship Circle has a membership base of 3000+ so lots and lots of people will see it, read it and hopefully support LawDogsUSA in their efforts to save some of Vick’s dogs.

    I can’t link you to the alert but if you want me to send it to you email me at tochashona@yahoo.com

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  82. Sed says:

    So what if he said sorry. This man had a career in footbal and goes out and hurts animals and used them for personal gain. What an idiot. And people wonder why Pits have a bad name. I think anyone using this breed should be shot in a Line up or chained to a post or put in a breeding halter and given the same respect they have given these dogs. I hope that Vic isnt given time off for good behavior just so he can do it again. I really hope its more than a slap on the wrist as we find with so many People in the Limelight.


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