Vick Will Face Judges On July 26

VickIn an update to Michael Vick’s indictment on charges of conspiracy in an alleged dogfighting operation, he will go before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, next week.

Vick will first attend a bond hearing before U.S. District Judge Dennis W. Dohnal on July 26. He then will face an arraignment in front of U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, according to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

If Vick is convicted of both portions of the conspiracy charge, he could face six years in prison and a $350,000 fine.

The Atlanta Falcons are scheduled to start their training camp on the same day.

From CNN.com:

Falcons officials said Tuesday they were troubled by the charges against Vick, who faces up to six years in prison if he is found guilty of involvement in a dogfighting ring.

Our club and team will continue to be tested as Michael works through the legal process toward a conclusion,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We are prepared to deal with it, and we will do the right thing for our club as the legal process plays out.”

The statement added, “We are disappointed that one of our players — and therefore the Falcons — is being presented to the public in a negative way, and we apologize to our fans and the community for that.”

A National Football League spokesman said the allegations against Vick would be reviewed under the NFL’s personal conduct policy.

“We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him,” said spokesman Brian McCarthy. “We will continue to closely monitor developments in this case and to cooperate with law enforcement authorities.”

No arrest warrants have been issued, and Vick and the other defendants — Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia — have not been taken into custody, said Jim Rybicki, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg.

A judge is expected to inform Vick and the others of the charges against them Wednesday and make arrangements for them to turn themselves in, Rybicki said.

(Thanks Stan)

19 Responses to “Vick Will Face Judges On July 26”

  1. Vicki T says:

    Let’s hope the Feds don’t mess this up. This guy deserves the maximum.

  2. wescott20 says:

    This piece of filth deserves to rot in jail…six years isn’t even enough time. He deserves 20 at least.

  3. Lynn says:

    The max fine won’t put much of a dent in his wallet. Fines are intended to financially hurt someone. This is not going to do it.

    I don’t follow football anymore. Does anyone know if there are some animal lovers on his team? Wonder what the guys in the locker room will be saying about him.

  4. Judy says:

    I hope pray that he gets the maximum sentence allowed by law. My 2nd wish is that his football career is over. This would hit him hard ! He certainly needs to be taken down several notches and I am totally behind the Humane Society of America to pursue this to the max !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Captn' Carl says:

    Lets see how this parasitic overpayed arrogant maggot likes being thrown in the slam where he may indeed enjoy a brief stint as a pitbull himself before he becomes someones prison bitch. Talk about justice served! Bring it on!

  6. Sky Eyes Woman says:

    Not only does he deserve the maximum penalty for this despicable act, he also needs to have one other thing added to his sentence:

    He should get more fines and jail time if he ever lives with, owns, or has any live animal in his possesion and control ever, for the rest of his life. This POS should never be allowed to have another animal again, not even a goldfish.

  7. Mark says:

    Let’s hope the justice system will not be corrupted by his fame. He and his thug friends all deserve prison time and fines. Vick should also lose many seasons out of his “career”.

  8. bigimplants says:

    Isn’t it incredible that so many sports figures who have fame, fortune and a career squander it all on stupid things? And this is a nasty, cruel thing! Hope he gets the maxx, plus no lucrative endorsement deals!

  9. Moonbeam says:

    Mark - you are so right. A bunch of loser thugs with rape stands breeding, fighting, and killing dogs in horrid ways too. Burn in hades all of them.

  10. Kevin says:

    Let’s hope the Judge was never a Falcons fan. This loser needs to be put away because if this was an average American, they would already be in jail.

    Watch for his house on the market. LOL.

  11. straybaby says:

    Mark says:
    July 18th, 2007 at 5:40 pm

    any type of conviction and his “career” is over as are his endorsements. both may be over anyway. that indictment is pretty damning even if he is *innocent*. if he visited his property once, the training equipment should have alerted him as to what was going on . . .

    some of these athletes are more trouble than they are *worth* to their endorsements and team. i’d say he’s fiting into that catagory.

  12. Brenda says:

    Vick needs to be banned from the NFL. And Nike needs to step up and withdraw their endorsements $$$$$.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Watch Nancy Grace - It’s on now CST regarding this.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Put the B****** in jail and throw away the key!!!!! He is a sick SOB.

    Nancy Grace is going to town on this guy!

  15. Barb says:

    We need to get contact info for the DA’s office prosecuting Vick and demand he get the maximum penalty allowed!

    I have seen and heard about much animal abuse but to me, the sport of dogfighting is the most abhorrent abuse. And it’s a dangerous business to investigate. Kudo’s to those investigators who have been following this case for, what appears, years. I have no doubt they dotted all their i’s and crossed all their t’s with this case. Vick is going down!

    Although Katrina is known to have taken some 88,700 animals (still unaccounted for) unfortunately Katrina didn’t take the dog fighting scumbags that were so prevelent throughout the city before the storm. Even while 1,000’s of volunteers spent 14 hour days trying to save the lost, abandoned and abused animals of this city, local dogfighters were back at it within the first month. In the early days, many dogs, notably pit bulls, were disappearing from Lamar Dixon, the staging area set up to house NOLA’s rescued animals. Suspected of this were the dog fighters.

    While eating at a restaurant one night, a local resident who sat next to our table told us that he knew where dog fighting was taking place just 2 miles from where we were; taking place as he spoke to us. I was livid! I later tried to get other rescuers to drive by the location with me, but all were too fearful.

    He also told us about a very good friend of his who was an undercover cop that had been investigating the local dogfighting ring for about a year. Said dogfighters discovered who he was and slit his throat, killing him and that the NOPD covered up the murder. He told us that local politicians, businessmen and police officers are all involved in this sport. And guess who his undercop friend told him was one of the ring leaders? The owners of Harrah’s Casino!

  16. Lynne says:

    The NFL isn’t doing much at all about Vick. I called NFL’s Commissioner Roger Goodell at (212) 450-2000 yesterday and said I wanted to urge the commissioner to suspend Michael Vick immediately. I was immediately rolled over to another number, a voice mail for someone else. I can only assume they were getting a lot of calls about it. I did leave a message.

    I think I’ll call every day and urge all of you to do so too. We need to be relentless with this issue. There are few activities more heinous than this and if we can’t do one simple thing like make a phone call or send an email, we share in the shame of this cruelty.

    Call Roger Goodell at 212 450-2000. Tell him to suspend Vick immediately.

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  18. purringfur says:

    Lynne said: Call Roger Goodell at 212 450-2000. Tell him to suspend Vick immediately.
    ……………….

    I called & a secretary DOES answer after the phone rings forever. Very nice. She said she would give Goodell the message.

  19. Barb says:

    DawnWatch wrote:

    The story that is impossible to ignore this week is the indictment of
    Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick. He is charged with
    dogfighting, a felony, and with other hideous crimes that
    traditionally accompany it. I will share some of the coverage below
    and encourage you to respond. At the very least, please vote in the
    ESPN and NY1 polls.

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution front page story, by Bill Torpy and
    Bill Rankin, opens with:

    July 18, 2007 Wednesday

    “Losers allegedly didn’t fare too well with Michael Vick. His pit
    bulls were often summarily executed after losing fights, according to
    a federal indictment that portrays a disturbing picture of animal
    cruelty.

    “In April, just before authorities raided his property in rural
    Virginia, the Falcons’ star quarterback was there ‘rolling’ some of
    his pit bulls — that is, putting them through test fights to see if
    they were ‘game,’ federal authorities said.

    “Eight of the animals didn’t make the cut, and were executed by Vick
    and two co-defendants by ‘hanging, drowning and slamming at least one
    dog’s body to the ground,’ authorities allege.

    “A federal grand jury Tuesday indicted Vick and three others, accusing
    him of taking part in a well-established dogfighting operation.

    “The indictment lists numerous dog fights conducted by Vick and his
    associates going under the name ‘Bad Newz Kennels’ since 2002. Often
    those dogs lost and met terrible fates.

    “In March 2003, Vick and others sponsored a 35-pound female pit bull
    in a fight that had a $26,000 purse. After the fight, Purnell Peace,
    one of the others indicted, consulted with Vick about the losing dog
    and Peace then ‘executed the losing dog by wetting the dog down with
    water and electrocuting the animal,’ the indictment states.”

    It is a Cox News Service article, which you will find in full on line
    at http://tinyurl. com/yqcbw8 > You can send letters to the editor at
    http://www.ajc. com/opinion/ content/opinion/ letters/sendlett er.html

    An outcry from all over the country is appropriate.

    Some of the strongest coverage of the issue today was on CBS. You’ll
    find both the text and video of their July 18 CBS Evening News story
    on line at
    http://www.cbsnews. com/stories/ 2007/07/18/ eveningnews/ main3072425. shtml
    Please go to that link and post a comment at the bottom of the page.
    And please also send the station a quick thank you at
    http://www.cbsnews. com/feedback/ fb_news_form. shtml
    The video link to CBS Evening News story is headed, “Spotlight on Dog
    Fighting.” Underneath it is a link headed, “Dogfighting up Close.”
    That takes you to a superb report by Genesis Award winning report Brad
    Woodard, from the CBS Houston affiliate KHOU.
    It is also on line at
    http://www.khou. com/topstories/ stories/khou0707 17_ac_dogfightin g.849c40af. html
    Woodard sums up the awful video when he says,
    “Television may be a visual medium, but it’s the sounds of animals
    screaming in agony to the crowd’s delight that most would find
    difficult to stomach.”
    Indeed, the soundtrack is stomach-turning. So are the images,
    particularly when you see dogs that look sweet-natured and
    uninterested in fighting.
    In the piece, Assistant District Attorney Belinda Smith says, “There
    are instances in the video tape when the dogs are licking each other.
    They release them, and they’re licking each other. They don’t want to
    fight, yet the handlers bring them back and get them pumped up to
    fight. It’s not natural.”
    That is hard to hear, knowing those who don’t want to fight will often
    die in the ring or be killed by their handlers for being bad fighters.

    Please thank KHOU for Brad Woodard’s exceptional coverage. The station
    takes comments about news at
    http://www.khou. com/customerserv ice/helpcenter. jsp?id=107834116 9000

    You’ll find a web exclusive commentary on the MSNBC/Newsweek site, by
    Mark Starr, headed “Michael Vick’s Shameful Scandal.”
    Starr describes some of the “grisly and gruesome array of savage
    misdeeds directed at helpless animals.” And he tells us,
    “The NFL, not to mention Blank’s Home Depot empire, are posited
    as mainstream American businesses. And there is not a remotely
    mainstream note in this sordid affair. Vick is almost certain to see
    all his endorsement deals (Nike, Coca-Cola, Rawlings and others)
    disappear. While he deserves all the legal protections our society
    offers, none guarantee him the right to keep his job as the Falcons
    starting quarterback. ”
    You can read the whole piece on line at
    http://www.msnbc. msn.com/id/ 19834860/ site/newsweek/ and most
    importantly, give it a positive rating and comment on that page. It
    will take you a couple of seconds to give it a five-star rating, and
    feedback matters.

    Newsweek has more good coverage on the issue, by Steve Tuttle, headed
    “An Ugly World” at
    http://www.msnbc. msn.com/id/ 19836601/ site/newsweek/

    ESPN has a survey on dogfighting, which will take you just seconds to
    fill out. It asks questions such as whether or not the Falcons should
    let Vick go, and whether or not dogfighting is a serious crime. Please
    go to the site and take a moment to respond:
    http://proxy. espn.go.com/ chat/sportsnatio n/polling? event_id= 3037

    NY1 has a snap poll on whether or not Vick should be suspended at
    http://www.ny1. com/ny1/Polls/ index.jsp? pollactivequesti onintid=2855

    Sports Illustrated’ s George Dohrmann has done two great stories on the
    issue for the magazine’s website. You’ll find his coverage at
    http://sportsillust rated
    .cnn.com/2007/ football/ nfl/07/17/ dohrmann. vick/index. html
    and can send him a quick thank you at George_Dohrmann@ simail.com

    Angelenos can check out the Los Angeles Times coverage, on the cover
    of the July 18 sports section (pgD1), headed “Vick faces several
    charges” You’ll find it on line at
    http://www.latimes. com/sports/ printedition/ la-sp-vick18jul1 8,1,1972134. story
    and can respond with a letter to letters@latimes. com

    HSUS president Wayne Pacelle’s blog calls for both the NFL and Vick’s
    corporate sponsors to drop him. Check it out at
    http://hsus. typepad.com/ wayne/2007/ 07/vick-indictme nt.html

    And finally: HSUS has made it easy for you to send a letter to the NFL
    urging Vick’s suspension. Just go to
    https://community. hsus.org/ campaign/ US_2007_dogfight ing_nfl2/ nqod5jwnj
    and fill out the form.

    Yours and the animals’,

    Karen Dawn


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