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Friday, November 30, 2007 Column on Sentencing of Michael Vick's Co-Defendants

I have a new column on Sports entitled "As the Dominoes Fall: Assessing Michael Vick's Fate after Co-Defendants' Sentencing." It examines the potential impact of today's sentencing of Vick's co-defendants, Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips, on his upcoming sentencing on December 10.

Earlier this week, Alan Milstein wrote an excellent piece that takes a critical approach in studying the Justice Department's high degree of interest in the wrongs committed by Vick and Barry Bonds.

Hope you have a chance to read my column.

As an aside, good luck to all the law students who read this blog and who are taking final exams over the next few weeks.


Unfortunately the link to your column isn't working for me so I wasn't able to check it out, but thanks for thinking of us and wishing us luck on exams!

Blogger Lindsay -- 12/02/2007 9:38 AM  

Hi Lindsay, thanks. Sorry about the link not working, but it now seems to be working again.

Blogger Michael McCann -- 12/02/2007 12:01 PM  

Excellent article as always Professor McCann. I expect the judge to give Vick the 18 month sentence in order to send a message. The judge's comments about the heinousness of the crimes and the cruelty exhibited by the defendants leads me to believe that he is not in the mood to be lenient on Vick. I think Vick will probably end up playing in the UFL when he does get out of prison and may one day sign with an NFL team if the commissioner doesn't lay the hammer down on him too hard.

Blogger John Biggs -- 12/02/2007 4:40 PM  

It's odd that this only the second time this semester I have found time to check up on the SLB and that this time it is the week before exams.

Do you think judges handling future cases of animal abuse will look to this case for sentencing suggestions, or does this seem to be more of a personal preference of a certain judge? It seems evident that this judge takes animal cruelty quite seriously (while at odds with Vick's sympathizers), but would a personal belieft similar to that of Vick's sympathizers (it's just a dog) have an effect on another judge's sentencing in this matter?

Blogger WMUpsci_student -- 12/03/2007 2:26 PM  

I read the Alan Milstein article. It was a real racist hit piece. I have no respect for someone who cannot argue their position without having to play the race car. I think most of us are beyond the "If it doesn't fit, you can't convict."

Did Vick confess? Did he understand? Yes, and yes. Who ratted him out? Black friends. Now Vick has agreed to be an informant. How is that white America's fault? Vick knew it was wrong, he tried to hide his involvement. I saw a video clip where Vick looks into the camera and says something about "I can do anything, people love me." Pretty arrogant.

BONDS IS IN TROUBLE BECAUSE HE LIED. With all his money, the man has no sense. Of course Martha Stewart and Bill Clinton also lied, and so did a bunch from ENRON.

Mr. Milstein tries to sneak in a comment about Mark McGwire. Of couse he does not mention that Mr. McGwire invoked the 5th, as our US Constitute allows us to do.

Blogger elena -- 12/10/2007 2:42 AM  

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