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The Atlanta Falcons take a big hit July 18, 2007

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events, drama.

UPDATE: alexthechick splains in the comments the federal interest, racketeering stuff, interstate action to facilitate felony and such.  Thanks alex!

UPDATE2: The buzz is “game over man, game over” for Vick, if he’s convicted.  If he is, watch me not care about his career.

Michael Vick indicted on federal charges involving dog fighting.

Legal bleg?  What’s the federal interest here, is it gambling?  Put me some knowledge.

Anyway it’s stupid, not to mention unconscionable (c’mon all you rooster fighters, kick me around.  It’s depraved).

Likely suspension to follow since he lied to the league about the investigation.

This just doesn’t make any sense to me.  I mean, it would, if he like, played for Cincinnati.



1. lauraw - July 18, 2007
2. daveintexas - July 18, 2007

Some people are just no damn good.

3. alexthechick - July 18, 2007

I actually had to review this for professional reasons today. The federal interest is two fold. First, it’s alleged that there was gambling on the matches in violation of Virginia law. There was interstate transportation of the animals, thus making it a violation of federal racketeering statutes. Not RICO specifically, but interstate facilitation of illegal activity. The second is that it is now a federal felony to engage in dog fighting pursuant to a law enacted on May 7, 2007. The penalty is 3 years, $250k per dog. The big thing is that it was interstate activities. The indictment alleges that Vick himself took dogs to North and South Carolina to watch the fights. Since these are federal crimes, the AG is also looking at confiscating the property under the same laws that are used in the drug cases.

The big problem is going to be what is alleged to have happened to the dogs. The indictment claims that dogs were shot, hanged, thrown to the ground and electrocuted in order to put them down. That’s going to play well with a jury.

Vick’s got a problem. I’m not inclined to take the feds at their word for it, but if the allegations are true, then Vick himself paid off at least one of the bets in cash after watching it. There’s an issue here since the enactment of the statute is after all of the alleged fights so getting him on the felony charge might be problematic.

4. daveintexas - July 18, 2007

Ok, got it. Thanks alex!

5. alexthechick - July 18, 2007

Hey, I have to use my J.D. for something useful for a change.

6. Wolvern - July 18, 2007

The Vick case interests me ,as he has a cousin that was living in Young County Texas and the cousin and the cousins girl friend were arrested on Drug charges just a few months back in young county and now the cousin and his girlfriend are supposedly hideing out in Oklahoma .Vicks cousin took trips to Virgina from Texas on a regular basis ,pit bulls were also seen in the cousins back yard on several occasions.Vicks cousin is reportably a ex high way patrolman .I wonder have the feds even taken a closer look into ALL of Vicks relatives by any chance? As the cousin that was in Young County Texas bragged openly about being the relative of a NFL player that had ties to drug cazars in and around the state of virgina and Texas ?Theres probably more to this scandal than meets the eye.No more NFL games in my home .

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