I have expressed doubts that Atlanta Falcon quarterback Michael Vick would face state criminal charges after he makes his plea deal with federal prosecutors. I was wrong, as Larry O’Dell reports for the Associated Press:
Among the state laws Vick could be charged with violating are those against dogfighting and animal cruelty. Both are felonies punishable by up to five years in prison.
“The real question is how much overlap there would be between anything the local prosecutor would charge and what the federal prosecutors charged,” said Linda Malone, a criminal procedure expert and Marshall-Wythe Foundation professor of law at the College of William and Mary. “There are some limitations on duplication.”
Vick said through a lawyer Monday that he will plead guilty to a federal charge of conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiracy to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. Malone said the state dogfighting charges probably would not be considered duplicative.
Read the rest of the story at the link provided. There is also some chance of state charges in Georgia and New Jersey. If his federal co-defendants can be compelled to repeat their evidence against him in the states’ courts, Mr. Vick is toast. Cold, soggy, burnt toast.
In related nonsense, the Atlanta NAACP supports Vick’s potential return to football, even to the Falcons, as Errin Haines found for the AP:
An NAACP leader said Michael Vick should be allowed to return to the NFL, preferably the Atlanta Falcons, after serving his sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation.
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White said the Atlanta chapter supports Vick’s decision to accept a plea bargain if it’s in his best interest, but he questioned the credibility of Vick’s co-defendants, saying an admission of guilt might be more about cutting losses than the truth.
“At this point, you’re not looking at guilt or innocence,” White said, referring to the possible harsher sentence Vick could have received had he taken his case to trial and been found guilty. “You’re thinking, ‘What I better do is cut my losses and take a plea.’ But if he saw this as the best thing to do at this point for his future, then I think he made the correct choice.”
The rest is at the link preceding. Talk about a descent into irrelevancy on the part of the NAACP . . . now they’re changing to the National Anti-Animal Cruelty People . . .