July 27, 2007

Vick has his day in court

by Dan Bilicki In: Football

…And he will certainly have more… Yesterday Michael Vick, alongside his five lawyers, pleaded not guilty to the charges of competitive dog fighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Even worse for “Ron Mexico” is that there may be further charges laid against the Falcons quarterback. The government will apparently be filing a “superceding indictment” that, more often than not, leads to more indictments.

Even better, the government’s prosecutors delivered the following statement to Vick and his co-defendants: “We’ve already charged you with serious crimes. You might want to consider a guilty plea. We are going to file more charges next month. That gives you a few weeks to think about the guilty plea. If you come and talk to us about pleading guilty and testifying for us, there will be no more charges against you. If you do not, the charges and the potential punishment will grow quickly.”

That does not sound like something I would want to hear in the courtroom; especially if I had the celebrity stature of Vick.

The date of his trial was also set yesterday to start on November 26 at 9:30 a.m. and last for two weeks. Whether or not it will interfere with Vick’s practice, preparation and game schedules is still up in the air because, well, is he even allowed to play this season?

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