Of course, we have no crystal ball. But so far, Michael Vick has done what any wealthy person would do to avoid going to prison for dogfighting. Predictably, he’s hired the best defense team money can buy including Billy Martin. That’s the same lawyer who managed to get a hung jury in former basketball star Jayson Williamsâ€™ first trial for manslaughter. He is considered one of the top lawyers in Washington. Vick also hired Daniel Meachum, an Atlanta lawyer who says he has won 122 of 126 major cases, plus 3 more attorneys. Which way are the scales of justice tiling now?
If you were faced with the same gruesome indictment that includes 4 separate eyewitnesses that place you at the scene of the crimes, you’d do the same. Itchmo has read the stomach-churning indictment — three times — and even if the prosecution proves a faction of the case, Vick’s life as he knows it is over.
The media is practically salivating over the idea of Vick in prison stripes. The evidence looks stacked amazingly against Vick. In fact, one of the co-defendants in the case, Tony Taylor, is expected to enter into a plea bargain with federal prosecution on Monday morning. It’s reasonable to speculate that the prosecutors will use a pawn to get to the money behind the dogfighting. The 18-page indictment clearly indicates that the money came from Vick and no one else. It’s certainly bad news for the alleged “Bad Newz Kennels” boys.
MSNBC says the federal conviction rate is 95%. That means only 5 percent of defendants walk out of the courthouse a free man. But I’d love to see the conviction rates for multi-millionaires. Better yet, give me the conviction rate of multi-millionaires who are also celebrities. O.J. Simpson, are you reading this? Vick could use some of your help.
In an odd development, Vick attorney publicly relayed an apology from Vick to his mother. It read: “Above all, I’m sorry my mom has to go through this most trying time and the pain it has caused my family.”
P.S.: Vick’s defense also includes a public relations campaign. Vick’s defense team released this statement throug the wires:
RICHMOND, Va., July 26 /PRNewswire/ — Upon leaving the Lewis Powell Courthouse in Richmond, Virginia today after the arraignment of Michael Vick, attorney Billy Martin on behalf of the defense team issued the
“Today Michael Vick entered a plea of not guilty and asserted his innocence to the charges in the indictment.
As we prepare for trial, we’d like to remind the public that these are only allegations, not facts. This case will be tried in the courts, not the media.
We are conducting our own investigation into these allegations and look forward to clearing Michael’s name and vindicating him of these charges.
Mike has asked me to read this statement on his behalf:
‘Today in court, I pleaded innocent to the allegations made against me. I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my name. I respectfully ask you all to hold your judgment until all the facts are
shown. Above all, I’m sorry my mom has to go through this most trying time and the pain it has caused my family. I also want to apologize to my Falcon teammates for not being with them today at the beginning of training. There is nowhere I’d rather be today than in camp with my team.’”
Michael Vick’s legal defense team consists of Billy Martin of Washington, D.C.; Daniel Meachum of Atlanta, GA; Lawrence Woodward Jr. and Tom Shuttleworth of Virginia Beach, VA; and James D. Williams of Durham,