By John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom
July 26, 2007
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick (known here at Peace and Freedom, and not fondly, as “Vick-Dog”) is expected to enter a plea of not guilty to charges of conspiracy and operating an illegal dogfighting business across state lines. His plea must be made at a hearing this afternoon.
One would expect that the lawyer representing “Vick-Dog” has him on a tight leash. Court watchers and lawyers we spoke to said it would be a huge mistake for “Vick-Dog” to appear late, as Paris Hilton recently did in court, or to make any utterance other than his plea.
A lawyer who specializes in cases of VIPs asked not to be identified before he offered this advice: “This is ‘How do you plead?’ day; and the only appropriate answer is ‘not guilty’ or ‘guilty.’ Extra words will certainly earn the wrath of the judge and perhaps a charge of contempt and some jail time. Open your mouth more than necessary today and it turns into ‘My Cousin Vinny.'”
The indictment of “Vick Dog” and his friends starts humorously because of the nicknames included by federal prosecutors.
“United States of America v. PURNELL A . PEACE , also known as “P-Funk” and “Funk,” QUANIS L. PHILLIPS , also known as “Q,” TONY TAYLOR , also known as “T,” and MICHAEL VICK , also known as “Ookie,” Defendants. ”
Of course to us, Michael is “Vick-Dog” and not the more familiar “Ookie.”
After that humorous begining, the federal indictment against Vick and his friends is positively frightful and disgusting.
Federal prosecutors allege the dogfighting operation — known as Bad Newz Kennels — operated on Vick’s property in rural Surry County, Virginia.
The grisly allegations detailed in an 18-page indictment sparked protests by animal rights groups at the headquarters of the NFL and the Falcons, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has barred Vick from training camp while the league investigates.
More after the judge hold the hearing and has the pleas.
“Vick-Dog” Probably Running an “Out Pattern;” Entered Plea of “Not Guilty”
(From the late afternoon, July 26, 2007)