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Vick indicted on state dog-fighting charges in VA

Hank Kurz, Jr. reports for the Associated Press:


Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick's Virginia property.

Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing on Dec. 10, was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and engaging in or promoting dogfighting.

The grand jury passed on indicting the Atlanta Falcons' quarterback and two co-defendants on eight counts of animal cruelty, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted.


Read it all at the link above. This is actually a break for Vick, since he avoided the more serious charges. Note the Commonwealth's Attorney for Sussex County, Mr. Poindexter, was one of the early voices questioning whether the accusations against Vick were racially motivated. Since prosecutors generally get the charges they request from grand juries, it isn't much of a stretch to ask if Poindexter is going easy here - normally people are indicted on the most serious charges, so prosecutors have more bargaining chips for a plea deal.


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Comments (22)

I think it's just as import... (Below threshold)

I think it's just as important that he's legally acknowledged as being someone who did terrible things to these poor dogs, and I have to take comfort that he is being charged in Virginia at all. I wish it was for the animal cruelty charges, but the conspiracy charges will do. He's likely to go to prison in GA, at least.

The big question now is if ... (Below threshold)

The big question now is if he can get prosecutors from different venues, and different levels (stae vs. Fed) to allow him to serve sentences concurrently. If not, he will be away for a long time.

I'm about done with this Vi... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

I'm about done with this Vick case. it needs to go away. At least it's not more OJ crap...

Oh, and i wish people were ... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

Oh, and i wish people were more concerned about HUMAN rights violations than animal rights violations. Not to say they are insignificant, but human rights are more important than animal rights.

This is riduculous. Indict... (Below threshold)
floyd:

This is riduculous. Indicted again? Why? Pointexter is only going after him for his 15 minutes of fame and some revenue for his country hick town.

Focus on your unsolved murder rate, or your (off the chain) amount of sexual rapes!! He has already been tortured enough you idiots!!!

Dave W,If he were gu... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

Dave W,
If he were guilty of human rights violations, then the UN would give him an appointment or Columbia would have invited him to speak.

floyd,
As apposed to the other kinds of rapes?

Dave W,He broke the ... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Dave W,
He broke the law and these jurisdictions have the obligation to press charges. Ok, so maybe the abuse of these dogs is not as bad as abuse to humans but the relative seriousness is factored into the sentence not whether or not to prosecute in the first place. If you didn't want him prosecuted you should have put a phone call into Vick before he got involved in this ridiculous (and criminal) hobby and warned him about the potential consequences.

Focus on your unsolved m... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Focus on your unsolved murder rate, or your (off the chain) amount of sexual rapes!! He has already been tortured enough you idiots!!!

No, actually, he hasn't. He needs to lose every last dime.

floydThis type of pr... (Below threshold)

floyd
This type of prosecution is carried out every day in every State and Federal jurisdiction in this country.

If you've got a complaint, call your local DA or USA.

You think he is being tortured? Tell that to the poor bastards in the local lockup who don't have a dime. He has the best lawyers money can buy and can fight this case with more and better resources than 99.99% of all those indicted.

Yep...you all need to threa... (Below threshold)
nogo war:

Yep...you all need to thread Vick...

I await your opinion on Ted Stevens
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hKRLMJ5kALpjyP4o6IvHjkrA3vow

but of course It has yet to be investigated that Vick took kick-backs...

Again I will say...the lefty blogs are often critical of Dems...
but Wizbang has turned into ET...

I await a thread on Brit and her problems

I have not made my way thro... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

I have not made my way through the entire article yet, but this is from ESPN and it's about race in regards to the Vick case. I can't summarize the article, obviously, but I want to pass it along for others to read.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=bryant_howard&id=3035358

Michael Vick is nothing mor... (Below threshold)
Eneils Bailey:

Michael Vick is nothing more than a common street thug with unique physical abilities and a brain no larger than a Georgia peanut.

IMHO, too many college and professional athletes are treated as on-field saviors because they put W's in the the record book, .. but.., they put F's on the moral fabric of fans and the young who adore them.

The man acts as if rules of society do not apply to him, only his performance on the field. Nothing more than a coddled gang-like member who relies on his gang-like family and organizations who continually ignored his juvenile and criminal behavior.

By the way, I never expected the Falcons to do more than get their asses kicked with Vick as Quarterback. Bye..Bye.. Schawb, probably the only QB on the squad that could have taken the Falcons to the playoffs. He's gone, so are any chances for the playoffs for this team.

Peter F. I had to stop read... (Below threshold)
89:

Peter F. I had to stop reading after the complaints about Friends. I might continue - maybe. But so far the reader emails were the voice of reason in that article. Come on, Friends - like they can afford to live like that in highly desireable flats in New York - and the complaint is that they aren't black enough?

A reader writes to him "your blackness makes you unable to understand" - no, I'd rather say that his racism makes him unwilling to understand.

89:I've made it be... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

89:

I've made it beyond the "Friends" whine, though I don't know how.

So far my brief summation of his article is this: "I'm black. You're white. You won't and will never understand. Victim, victim, victim...blah, blah, blah."

Getting really old, really fast.

OK, I continued to read - p... (Below threshold)
89:

OK, I continued to read - perhaps Howard Bryant (writer of the article) was just trying to illustrate a point here. But, wow - I didn't realise that open racism is so seemingly prevalent and accepted among African Americans - and that if you speak like Martin Luther King Jr. you'll be called "white". Does "black" mean "racist" now?
Of course, this is based on self-selected letter writers and not a scientific poll, so it's to be taken with a grain of salt - just as the anecdotes about African Americans celebrating O.J. Simpson's aquittal.

And no, torturing living beings doesn't compare to some financial filandering, just like killing people does not compare to killing animals. An no, the author was not stopped and put on the ground by police because they were racists, but rather because hit fit the description of a robber wanted in the area. If the robber had happened to be white, he wouldn't have.

Pro Sports should have a ru... (Below threshold)
John:

Pro Sports should have a rule.

If you are a convicted felon, you can't play, period! If you get convicted of a felony while on a team, you get kicked off, no more pay and you forfeit everything.

It's a a real shame these fucking baby boomers do not want to have their behavior judged, whether illegal, immoral, or perverted.

Felons play pro sports, Congressmen are corrupt and or perverts, and the Queer agenda corrupt our schools in an attempt to normalize their abhorrent abnormal (and against the laws of nature, let alone, God's law) behavior.

This generation is pathetic and a disgrace upon America. Me, me, me, me, me.

/Spit.

/spit.

The agenda might be "Queer"... (Below threshold)
89:

The agenda might be "Queer", John, but his little to nothing to do with homosexuality. It has more to do with not grounding self esteem in reality etc.

yo, Vick was just acting a ... (Below threshold)
Mitchell:

yo, Vick was just acting a homey. ain't no thing, y'all . . .

Shit.

yeah, 89, I'm just venting.... (Below threshold)
John:

yeah, 89, I'm just venting. Vick is a scumbag asshole anyway you look at him, just like a lot of the other National Felon League players.

My vent is on a whole generation of assholes who think of nothing but themselves.

I'm not saying he shouldn't... (Below threshold)
Dave W:

I'm not saying he shouldn't be prosecuted, quite to the contrary. The ONLY reason we're hearing about it is because he is an NFL superstar. Due to this fact, everyone in the media is waiting breathlessly for any hint of any news about this guy. All i am saying is that i am burned out on this guy and his story. The Natalee halloway, duke rape case, britney, paris, vick, OJ, etc...

A story breaks and they run for days on it. I am not saying wizbang shouldn't post about it, but when i hear about it on the radio all day, everyday, then come home and hear about it non-stop on the typical TV media, i think they need to give it a rest and report some real news that actually effects people. Not non-stop wall to wall coverage of the same degenerate.

For sure a whole bunch of l... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

For sure a whole bunch of liberals in hollywood and the jerks from PETA will want him to get life in prison knowing how rediculous they are

Dave W,Now that I ag... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

Dave W,
Now that I agree with.




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