Monday, August 13, 2007

Michael Vick Stands Alone

It looks like NFL quarterback Michael Vick will stand alone to face a conspiracy charge arising from dog fighting on his Virginia property.  According to CNN.com (here), Vick's two remaining co-defendants have plea hearings scheduled, and I suspect they will join a fourth defendant in the case who has already agreed to cooperate in the prosecution.  If all three defendants implicate Vick in the dog-fighting operation, it will be very difficult to defend the charges.  Vick has already been ordered to stay away from the Atlanta Falcons' training camp, and rumors are swirling that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will suspend him for the upcoming season.  If the two co-defendants do agree to cooperate against him, that increases the likelihood Vick will seek to enter a guilty plea that involves only a short prison sentence, if not probation, and some significant payment as "restitution."  As long as he's going to miss the NFL season, he might as well get the criminal case and any punishment out of the way sooner so that he can look toward the future and rebuild his career -- probably with another team. (ph)

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