« Taxing My Patience | Main | "May No Soldier Go Unloved" review »

Michael Vick enters a plea agreement

After his co-defendants copped plea deals fingering Vick and agreeing to testify against him, Falcons runningback quarterback Michael Vick took the only option he really had left.

Today, he entered his plea agreement:

Michael Vick filed his plea agreement in federal court Friday admitting to conspiracy in a dogfighting ring and helping kill pit bulls. He denied ever betting on the fights, only bankrolling them.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback is scheduled to formally enter his plea Monday in U.S. District Court. He signed the plea agreement Thursday.
"Most of the Bad Newz Kennels operation and gambling monies were provided by Vick," a summary of facts in the case said, echoing language in plea agreements by three co-defendants who previously pleaded guilty.

The statement said that when the kennel's dogs won, the gambling proceeds were generally shared by Vick's three co-defendants -- Tony Taylor, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips.

"Vick did not gamble by placing side bets on any of the fights. Vick did not receive any of the proceeds of the purses that were won by Bad Newz Kennels," the summary said.

According to the statement, Vick also was involved with the others in killing six to eight dogs that did not perform well in testing sessions last April. The dogs were executed by drowning or hanging.

"Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts" of Vick and two of the co-defendants, Phillips and Peace, the statement said.

In the plea agreement, the government committed to recommending a sentence on the low end of the federal sentencing guideline range of a year to 18 months. However, the conspiracy charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, and the judge is not bound by any recommendation or by the sentencing guidelines.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson, who will accept Vick's plea, has a reputation for imposing stiff sentences, according to lawyers who have appeared in his court. Vick will not be sentenced for several months.

A federal indictment issued in July charged Vick, Peace, Phillips and Taylor with an interstate dogfighting conspiracy. Vick initially denied any involvement, and all four men pleaded innocent.

Taylor was the first to change his plea to guilty, saying Vick financed the dogfighting ring's gambling and operations. Peace and Phillips soon followed, disclosing that Vick joined them in killing dogs that did not perform well in test fights.

The sickening details outlined in the indictment and other court papers prompted a public backlash against Vick, who had been one of the NFL's most popular players.

Vick was barred from the Falcons training camp, but neither the NFL nor the team have taken further action.


Have I ever mentioned how much I love legalese? I just love the way lawyers can take something apalling and re-word it to soften the blow for their clients, even though they are as guilty as sin. Take this phrase. Instead of saying that Michael Vick brutally killed dogs that didn't perform well, you say this:
"Vick agrees and stipulates that these dogs all died as a result of the collective efforts" of Vick and two of the co-defendants, Phillips and Peace, the statement said.

It was a collective effort, see? And the dogs weren't killed, they died as a result of the collective effort.

Just as a refresher, dogs that did not do well were killed by:

  • gunshots
  • drowning
  • hanging
  • electrocution
    And let's not forget the fact that these dogs were not fed on a regular basis. It kept them hungry for the other dogs. There were also rape stands that would hold dogs in place, forcing them to mate, and electric treadmills to keep the dogs in perfect physical condition, I presume. When authorities searched the place, they seized 66 dogs, including 55 pit bulls, and many were tethered to car axles with chains that allowed them to get close enough to the other dogs to get them angry, but not close enough to fight.

    I also don't particularly like the deal people often get from entering a plea agreement. It's like a get-out-of-jail-free card! Oh, Mr. Vick, you pled guilty, and therefore, you must be feeling remorseful. Let's go a little easier on you now, ok?

    Just because someone owns up -- and especially when they only own up after realizing that they have no prayer of tap dancing their way out of it -- it still does not change what they did. Michael Vick has 'fessed up. It doesn't change the brutal treatment of these dogs and the atrocities committed against them. This judge apparently has a reputation for being tough, and I hope he is. I hope Michael Vick is punished to the fullest extent of the law, fined to the skies, and is never able to play football again. While I don't agree with PETA in that "the sports world is plagued with athletes who show cruelty to animals", that doesn't change how abhorrent and despicable I think what Michael Vick did is and, through the bankrolling of the operation, made possible to be done.

    Anyone who might be the least bit sympathetic, don't be. After he gets out, he'll still be a multi-millionaire -- at least, as long as he's managed his money well. And I'm sure he'll still be remembered in Atlanta as a great runningback quarterback (that likes to run a lot and throw very little).


  • TrackBack

    TrackBack URL for this entry:
    /cgi-bin/mt-tb.cgi/23598.

    Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Michael Vick enters a plea agreement:

    » Unpartisan.com Political News and Blog Aggregator linked with Vick files plea admitting to dogfighting

    Comments (44)

    Dog killers are real bad gu... (Below threshold)

    Dog killers are real bad guys, and would have received littler sympathy in a trial. Vick would have had little hope in front of any judge or jury and took his best possible deal. Some things are just too hard to defend yourself on. And Dog abuse and killing is one of them.

    I really have a hard time b... (Below threshold)

    I really have a hard time buying the "he financed the operation" but got none of the money from the bets on dog fights. They are letting that slide to give the league an out to not ban him forever - and that sucks.

    Could they put some of the ... (Below threshold)
    Son Of The Godfather:

    Could they put some of the dogs in the cell with him?

    Yeah, he only financed the ... (Below threshold)
    hermie:

    Yeah, he only financed the operation just because he's a nice guy. He never, ever, got any financial benefit out of it; and he never, ever, bet on the fights.

    What a jerk!


    I agree, Stephen. "General... (Below threshold)
    kim:

    I agree, Stephen. "Generally shared" covers a multitude of sins.
    ================

    . .you don't know the atmos... (Below threshold)
    Ryan:

    . .you don't know the atmosphere here in Atlanta then. Right now, Vick is Radioactive. As in. .not popular.

    Vick's plea admission that ... (Below threshold)
    Peter F.:

    Vick's plea admission that the "gambling monies" were provided by him BUT he (I guess) is saying he never actively or directly gambled on the dogs, is way for his lawyers to combat the NFL Commish's office likely tact of using the gambling aspect to suspend him from the NFL for life.

    Like the rest of you, I don't believe there's a definable (and believable) difference between providing gambling monies and actively gambling. Are Vick's lawyers creating a loophole where none really exists in hope of returning Vick to the NFL after he serves time? Or did they actually find one? I'm not sure the NFL bylaws concerning gambling covers or even makes a distinction between providing money and actually betting.

    Either way, this seems to cloud the NFL's case for the lifetime suspension based on gambling.

    Oh, note to the Knicks' Stephan Marbury: You STILL need to shut the hell up. Even your non-apology apology SUCKS. (He claims he was "edited by TV" and was therefore misquoted.)

    who would have thought that... (Below threshold)
    ke_future:

    who would have thought that Vick being an ass who deserves whatever he gets and then some would be the one thing that all the wizbang community could agree on?

    I really have a hard ti... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    I really have a hard time buying the "he financed the operation" but got none of the money from the bets on dog fights. They are letting that slide to give the league an out to not ban him forever - and that sucks.

    I would agree the shysters have set it up to provide a "out" for the NFL but don't be so sure they will take it.

    Leave us not forget the NFL isn't bound by what the courts have done or will do. They have their own investigative arm filled with former FBI agents and very possibly are in possession of evidence the court has never seen.

    Even if they don't what's on the table now as public record is enough to get him tossed for life.

    Sports have always been reactive to gambling ties going back to the Black Sox up to and including Pete Rose.

    Add in the dirty Ref in the NBA and Vick "bankrolling" gambling in any form and it smacks of Vick as starting QB/RB for the Ottawa Rough Riders out or jail and "Bubba the Roughrider" and his "rape table" in jail.

    Peter F:(He cl... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    Peter F:

    (He claims he was "edited by TV" and was therefore misquoted.)

    WOW, is that a new function of the DLP and plasma screens I've missed!

    I gotta get me one. No more Olberman and feminine hygiene spry commercials for me.

    Oh wait... I'm being redundant. Sorry.

    marc:Classic! LOL ... (Below threshold)
    Peter F.:

    marc:

    Classic! LOL :-)

    Somebody's sister said femi... (Below threshold)

    Somebody's sister said feminine hygiene spray is an important part of daily life...and it serves a purpose....

    Put him in prison. Let him ... (Below threshold)

    Put him in prison. Let him be somebody's bitch for a change.

    That may be true HighS, alt... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    That may be true HighS, although I question why it took millions of years to invent something so "important," but I have no great desire to see "fresh feeling", or variants, every few minutes on my TV screen.

    And that obviously includes Olberman branded pu**y spray.

    All I needed to see was the... (Below threshold)
    Peter F.:

    All I needed to see was the ESPN headline:

    "Vick suspended indefinitely by NFL"

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=2990157

    Good job, Roger Goodell.

    And BTW... just crossing th... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    And BTW... just crossing the wires.

    Vick has been suspended "indefinitely" by the NFL.

    In the words of George Burns - "Say good night Gracie."

    And of course those jerks a... (Below threshold)
    spurwing plover:

    And of course those jerks at PETA are using this to make themselves a cool million dollars while PETA has itself killed plenty of dogs and cats

    Peter F - brilliant minds r... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    Peter F - brilliant minds read the same stories.

    And of course thos... (Below threshold)
    marc:
    And of course those jerks at PETA are using this to make themselves a cool million dollars while PETA has itself killed plenty of dogs and cats
    Just as bad... one of their spokes-loonbats was on Fox calling for all pitbulls in the U.S. be "put down" and the breed banned.

    I wouldn't be against the bloodlines that have been specifically bred for aggressiveness, i.e. fighting, BUT there is a very large bloodline bred for show and are very friendly and in fact safe with kids and families.

    The trouble arises when the Gov and the shysters try to separate the two and come up with reasonable laws protecting everyone.

    Oh... and did I say "Good night Gracie?"

    See ya Vick, it's off to see Bubba and his rape table for you.

    MarcThe second I hit... (Below threshold)

    Marc
    The second I hit the submit button I knew I shouldn't have done it. I need a new screen and another steak....."Olberman branded...spray!" I just wish Ackroyd would do that parody.

    The second I hit the su... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    The second I hit the submit button I knew I shouldn't have done it.

    Yeah well... you know how it goes HughS. Leave a hole open (hmmm, maybe I should use that phrase?) and some snarky nitwit like me will drive into it.

    And on a related subject, t... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    And on a related subject, the Fox Report is airing a story about property owned by rapper "DMX" in Arizona.

    Dead and malnourished dogs all over the place, and needless to say guns and drugs.

    Quick! Call Vicks shyster!

    Your admitted conduct... (Below threshold)

    Your admitted conduct was not only illegal, but also cruel and reprehensible" and regardless whether he personally placed bets, "your actions in funding the betting and your association with illegal gambling both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player."

    That is the end of Michael Vick.

    What a shame for such a talent to crash and burn thus. His Sugar Bowl game against FSU was one of the most exciting college games I have ever watched. But he made the mess and now he can clean it up.

    I just thought of something... (Below threshold)
    Peter F.:

    I just thought of something that I didn't think was possible:

    Michael Vick supplanted Barry Bonds as the most evil a-hole in sports.

    Apologies to Allen Iverson and Mike Tyson.

    Peter,you left out... (Below threshold)
    yo:

    Peter,

    you left out Stephon Marbury, who said that too much is being made out of Vick and his dog fighting.

    Ugh.

    As for the "indefinite" ban of Vick ..., hm. Unless and until I see "lifetime" as part of that ban, I'm not so sure we won't see him suit up in the NFL, some time.

    to kick in a fun wrinkle, his plead was only for the Federal aspects (crossing state lines and the like), the Commonwealth of Virginia is still fully capable (and hopefully willing) to bring the gambling charges against the ol' ConVick.

    If they do, and they win (which I'm sure they will), the NFL may have little recourse but to give Mike the perm heave-ho.

    On that note, it's time to drink beer and take a Wii.

    both violate the terms ... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    both violate the terms of your NFL player contract and expose you to corrupting influences in derogation of one of the most fundamental responsibilities of an NFL player."

    How many years WERE left on his 10 year 130 million dollar contract that he WON'T GET?

    WWE?

    Roller Derby?

    Maybe the PFL But I suspect those competitors would kick has ass after Bubbba gets finished with him.

    I just had an ugly thought.... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    I just had an ugly thought.

    How long will it be before some hollywood sleezebag make a Vick version of Longest Yard Movie with Adam Sandler?

    marcHere's the real ... (Below threshold)

    marc
    Here's the real question: I've asked it before: Does he still qualify for the player's pension?
    I know some former players and this is a big deal. If he doesn't he may be left without a dime.

    It would be interesting wh... (Below threshold)
    Steve Crickmore:

    It would be interesting what the ex-GOP wunderkid Karl Rove "I like to go home, get a drink, and tear the tops off of small animals" opinion of Michael Vick is? The first thing Rove plans to do after resigning is to go 'dove hunting' on Labor Day weekend...Both comments (I assume only one is meant, to be funny), are in the cross hairs of PETA.

    Steve... you're being ignor... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    Steve... you're being ignored, other than to say screw PETA and all they stand for.

    HughS, isn't there a five year threshold to be eligible for a pension? Maybe not 5 but there is some timeframe involved.

    I haven't been following th... (Below threshold)
    Steve Crickmore:

    I haven't been following this story too closely but ten to one Vick was betting heavily on his dogs...It doesn't make any sense that he wasn't?

    The reason Vick won't admit... (Below threshold)

    The reason Vick won't admit to winning any funds or making any profit is the same reason Pete Rose never will admit to betting on baseball-------the IRS will eat them alive. (pardon the pun)

    SteveLabor Day weeke... (Below threshold)

    Steve
    Labor Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of dove hunting season. Fowl hunting is limited to "seasons" across the US. In Texas, a summer begins its last days with a dove hunt.

    Rovin:The reas... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    Rovin:

    The reason Vick won't admit to winning any funds or making any profit is the same reason Pete Rose never will admit to betting on baseball-------the IRS will eat them alive. (pardon the pun)

    Wrong by five months.

    More <a href="http://news.y... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    More cash flow problems for the ConVick.

    And here's proof P.T. Barnu... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    And here's proof P.T. Barnum was right.

    I understand the statement the seller is making but just how stupid do you have to be to shell out that much money for nothing?

    Suckers!

    marcI don't know if ... (Below threshold)

    marc
    I don't know if it's five or seven...but I do know it is a big deal because benefits are included.
    Maybe someone else can weigh in on this.

    Vick is getting everything ... (Below threshold)
    Ted:

    Vick is getting everything he deserves, but I have to ask, what is a "rape stand"?

    There is no such thing. There are breeding stands, which holds the female in place while the male mounts, and it's a common item for all breeders to use. Some groomers use a variation to control the dog while they do their thing too.

    "Rape Stand" is used because it makes it sound as bad as possible. If folks get upset by the media using biased and loaded words for political stories, then why is it ok to accept them and even to repeat them in a story like this?

    Becase UNDERDOG will punch ... (Below threshold)
    spurwing plover:

    Becase UNDERDOG will punch his lights out

    Did someone in the thread c... (Below threshold)
    marc:

    Did someone in the thread claim Vick would still be a millionare when he got out of the Big House?

    I think not, the Comish just authorized the Falcons to recover their 22 million dollar signing bonus.

    marcjinx...I was jus... (Below threshold)

    marc
    jinx...I was just getting ready to post that.

    Goodell freed the Falcons to "assert any claims or remedies" to recover $22 million of Vick's signing bonus from the 10-year, $130 million contract he signed in 2004.

    So here is the gauntlet fac... (Below threshold)

    So here is the gauntlet facing Vick:

    1)Federal Prosecution
    2)State Prosecution
    3)Suspension without pay
    4)Prison
    5)IRS Investigation by CID
    6)Possible Employer lawsuit to recover $22,000,000
    7)Possible loss of player pension benefits
    8)Civil litigation
    9) Possible permanent ban from NFL.


    The dog days of summer......

    The NFL is his biggest prob... (Below threshold)
    donald:

    The NFL is his biggest problem. He can live with anything that's about to happen (Unless happily, he spends some time getting anal raped by dog lovers), except lose that career...the only thing that gives him any promise of a future. And Roger Goodell (Who he lied to directly in a face to face meeting) doesn't particularly care about his future. I believe also that his plea will be rejected by the judge, seeing as how it doesn't square with everybody else's statements...the statements that caused him to plea.

    They have their own investi... (Below threshold)

    They have their own investigative arm filled with former FBI agents and very possibly are in possession of evidence the court has never seen.




    Advertisements









    rightads.gif

    beltwaybloggers.gif

    insiderslogo.jpg

    mba_blue.gif

    Follow Wizbang

    Follow Wizbang on FacebookFollow Wizbang on TwitterSubscribe to Wizbang feedWizbang Mobile

    Contact

    Send e-mail tips to us:

    [email protected]

    Fresh Links

    Credits

    Section Editor: Maggie Whitton

    Editors: Jay Tea, Lorie Byrd, Kim Priestap, DJ Drummond, Michael Laprarie, Baron Von Ottomatic, Shawn Mallow, Rick, Dan Karipides, Michael Avitablile, Charlie Quidnunc, Steve Schippert

    Emeritus: Paul, Mary Katherine Ham, Jim Addison, Alexander K. McClure, Cassy Fiano, Bill Jempty, John Stansbury, Rob Port

    In Memorium: HughS

    All original content copyright © 2003-2010 by Wizbang®, LLC. All rights reserved. Wizbang® is a registered service mark.

    Powered by Movable Type Pro 4.361

    Hosting by ServInt

    Ratings on this site are powered by the Ajax Ratings Pro plugin for Movable Type.

    Search on this site is powered by the FastSearch plugin for Movable Type.

    Blogrolls on this site are powered by the MT-Blogroll.

    Temporary site design is based on Cutline and Cutline for MT. Graphics by Apothegm Designs.

    Author Login



    Terms Of Service

    DCMA Compliance Notice

    Privacy Policy