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    Federal grand jury indicts Vick in dogfighting case

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    Falcons' Vick indicted by grand jury in dogfighting probe

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    Michael Vick has been indicted by a federal grand jury in connection with the dogfighting probe of his property in Virginia.

    The indictment alleges that Vick and his co-defendants began sponsoring dogfighting in early 2001, the former Virginia Tech star's rookie year with the Falcons.

    The Falcons quarterback was indicted for conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District in Richmond, Va. Three others -- Purnell Peace, Quanis Phillips and Tony Taylor -- also were indicted by the grand jury on the same charges.

    According to a news release from the United States Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Virginia: "If convicted on the Travel Act portion of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and full restitution. If convicted on the animal fighting venture portion of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both. The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation seeking recovery of any property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of these offenses."

    Telephone messages left at the offices and home of Vick's attorney, Larry Woodward, were not immediately returned.

    A woman who answered the phone at the home of Vick's mother said the family knew nothing about the charges.

    According to the indictment, dog fights were held at several locations in other parts of Virginia as well as North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and New Jersey. The indictment says a purse was set for each fight, ranging from hundreds to thousands of dollars. There were also side bets made.

    The indictment also claims that in the summer of 2002, at various times, Peace, Phillips, Taylor and Vick performed "testing" sessions at the property in Smithfield. After the testing, the indictment says, dogs that performed poorly were put to death by Peace, Phillips or Taylor. In April 2007, the indictment says, an additional "testing" session was performed by Peace, Phillips and Vick. Afterward, it claims eight dogs were hanged, drowned and/or slammed to the ground and killed.

    "We are disappointed that Michael Vick has put himself in a position where a federal grand jury has returned an indictment against him," NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

    "The activities alleged are cruel, degrading and illegal. Michael Vick's guilt has not yet been proven, and we believe that all concerned should allow the legal process to determine the facts."

    On July 7, federal authorities conducted a second search of the Surry, Va., property owned by Vick that is the center of the dogfighting investigation.

    According to court documents filed by federal authorities earlier after that search, dogfights have been sponsored by "Bad Newz Kennels" at the property since at least 2002.

    Fifty-four pit bulls were recovered from the property during searches in April, along with a "rape stand," used to hold dogs in place for mating; an electric treadmill modified for dogs; and a bloodied piece of carpeting, the documents said.

    During a June search of the property, investigators uncovered the graves of seven pit bulls they allege were killed by members of Bad Newz Kennels after testing sessions.

    On Vick's Web site, he lists his birthplace as Newport News, "a.k.a. BadNews."

    The documents said the fights usually occurred late at night or in the early morning and would last several hours.

    Before fights, participating dogs of the same sex would be weighed and bathed, according to the filings. Opposing dogs would be washed to remove any poison or narcotic placed on the dog's coat that could affect the other dog's performance.

    Sometimes, a dog wouldn't be fed to "make it more hungry for the other dog."

    Fights would end when one dog died or with the surrender of the losing dog, which sometimes was put to death by drowning, strangulation, hanging, gunshot, electrocution or some other method, according to the documents.

    Vick initially said he had no idea the property might have been used in a criminal enterprise and blamed family members for taking advantage of his generosity.

    Vick has since declined to talk about the investigation.

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    If he does indeed turn out to be guilty as charged I hope he gets suspended by the NFL and has to serve time for this. That is such an awful way to treat animals. Lock him up in a cage and let him have to fight for his life and see how much he enjoys it.

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    Vick will never see the football field again. Too bad I liked Vick even being a Panther fan. Looking forward to the Fort Football Tourney. Start date is ???


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    I've always like Michael Vick as a player. Of course, I hope the charges listed in the indictment aren't true, but if they are, he deserves every bad thing he gets.

    I will say this, though, and not just because it's him - after the Duke LX fiasco, I'm going to wait until there are more actual facts available before I condemn him (or anyone else in a similar position). I'd like to think I'd have done that anyway, but it's crystal clear to me now that what you see isn't always what you get with this stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Unklescott;2479003;
    If he does indeed turn out to be guilty as charged I hope he gets suspended by the NFL and has to serve time for this. That is such an awful way to treat animals. Lock him up in a cage and let him have to fight for his life and see how much he enjoys it.

    Exactly ! If the allegations are true ... I think the perfect punishment would be to put him and the dog fighting fans in the ring with no way out ... and then let the (hungry) dogs in and let these cruel monsters try to fight their way out !

    Sadly, any of the dogs who have been "trained" to be mean fighters can not be rehabilitated, so must be put down.

    I just realized this was in the "Sports" thread ( thought it was current events) ... and want to clarify that I don't think dogfighting is a sport ... this is just where a search brought me.
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    echo226, this is actually the NFL thread, in the Sports forum. The reason the topic is here is that Michael Vick is an NFL player. For me, dog fighting, cock fighting or any other abusive activity isn't a sport - I completely agree with you there. But Michael Vick is most definitely a sports figure.
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    Yeah, I was disappointed when I heard about all this dog fighting and Micheal Vick. This is really going to hurt his image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnsonator;2481377;
    Yeah, I was disappointed when I heard about all this dog fighting and Micheal Vick. This is really going to hurt his image.
    Again, I am reserving judgement (and trust me, I can be very judgemental) until I know some more about the actual facts. If he's guilty of what's in that indictment, it's just terrible for any human being to have behaved this way. But, he may not be guilty of any of it. To be redundant, I keep being reminded of the Duke LX players, and what happened to them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissThing;2481381;
    Again, I am reserving judgement (and trust me, I can be very judgemental) until I know some more about the actual facts. If he's guilty of what's in that indictment, it's just terrible for any human being to have behaved this way. But, he may not be guilty of any of it. To be redundant, I keep being reminded of the Duke LX players, and what happened to them.
    Totally different. This is a FEDERAL INDICTMENT. The Feds don't play around so the evidence must be overwhelming.They will win and having a winning percentage of 95% looks bad for Vick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftermidnight;2481425;
    Totally different. This is a FEDERAL INDICTMENT. The Feds don't play around so the evidence must be overwhelming.They will win and having a winning percentage of 95% looks bad for Vick.

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    Are you saying that everyone who has been indicted by a Federal grand jury has been found guilty?
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