Michael Vick pleaded guilty today in federal court so I assume there’s no longer a question of whether or not he knowingly involved himself in dog fighting and the financial dealings that went with it.
However, there are always skeptics out there who still say — even after a man pleads guilty — “Yeah, but how do we really know how involved he was? Maybe he was just a role player and the feds are looking for a big name to tack their case on.”
Well, here’s the 18-page indictment. Read it — it takes 10 minutes, tops — and you’ll see what kind of case the federal government has against Vick and his three co-defendants.
Clearly, the people labeled in the indictment as “Cooperating Witness #1, #2, etc.” are the ones who provided the most damaging evidence to the feds. Dates, monies exchanged, names of dogs, methods of execution — it’s all there for you to read.
I’ve tried to offer the most balanced review possible of Vick’s case over the last couple of weeks when it has become a hot topic on The Comcast Morning Show. At times, I’ve even played “devil’s advocate” on both sides, just to make sure I fairly represent both sides when it comes to the discussion of Vick’s punishment, both from the court and the NFL. I still maintain that I don’t know enough about the culture of dog fighting to understand why it’s an acceptable form of “entertainment” to human beings. It SHOULDN’T be acceptable to anyone. Then again, as I mentioned yesterday, killing an unborn baby shouldn’t be acceptable either, but it is in our country. I had someone e-mail me today and they wrote, “a licensed medical professional performing a procedure that kills an unborn child is the same as a veterinarian performing a procedure that kills a dog and/or an animal.” Well, it WOULD be the same, I guess, if dogs paid taxes, or could grow up to discover the cure for AIDS, or could become the next President of the U.S … or could become a teacher, a police officer, a doctor, a firefighter, etc. Human life is different than an animal’s life. And I’m an absolute ANIMAL LOVER … but they ARE different, no doubt.
Still, what Vick and his party of hoodlums did in Virginia for the better part of six years is inexcusable. Period. Vick knows it now, but he knows it and realizes it all too late. On December 10, all that fun and excitement he derived from watching dogs suffer will come crashing down on him.
Read the indictment and decide for yourself how much the government knows about this case. And then, put yourself in the judge’s shoes. Vick could serve five years. What would YOU give him if his life rested in your judgement and your hands?