Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Michael Vick Indicted on Conspiracy Charge Related to Dog-Fighting

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick and three others were charged in a single-count indictment (here) in the Eastern District of Virginia with conspiracy to violate the Travel Act and the federal animal fighting statute in connection with a dog-fighting operation on Vick's property in Smithfield, VA.  According to a press release issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office:

[T]he defendants were involved in an ongoing animal fighting venture based out of a property located in Smithfield, Virginia, from early 2001 through on or about April 25, 2007. The property was purchased by Vick in June 2001. Since that time, the named defendants formed a dog fighting enterprise known as “Bad Newz Kennels” and used the property for housing and training pit bulls used in dog fights. From at least 2002, the defendants and others sponsored dog fights at the property, where participants and dogs traveled from South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, New York, Texas, Alabama, and other states to participate. Generally, only those accompanying the opposing kennels and “Bad Newz Kennels’” associates attended the fights. For a particular dog fight, the participants would establish a purse for the winning side, ranging from the hundreds to thousands of dollars. Participants and spectators would also place side-bets on the fight. The dog fight would last until the death or surrender ofthe losing dog. At the end of the fight, the losing dog was sometimes put to death by drowning, hanging, gunshot, electrocution, or another method.

In addition to the conspiracy charge, there is also a forfeiture count.  (ph)

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How is this white-collar crime?

Posted by: flm | Jul 20, 2007 6:45:41 AM

there has been quite a lot of public and media attention placed on mike vick and the indictment re: sponsoring fighting dogs. The outrage is well placed if he is proven guilty. My question is: where were all of these demonstrators, protesters, television cameras and Nancy Grace outraged 'court TV' pathos when literally thousands of children were being victimized by pedophile catholic priest, and the accounts of huge monetary settlements were posted on page 30 of the major newspapers. Are dogs more important than children? or is a football player acccused, not convicted of a crime against dogs more newsworthy?
E Dailey, Chatsworth Ca

Posted by: e dailey | Jul 26, 2007 7:43:26 PM

Michael Vick is innocent until proven guilty. He deserves due process.

When they find him guilty, he should be banned from playing this year. That will make players realize they are not above the law.

Posted by: Doug Walker | Jul 28, 2007 8:16:54 PM

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