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Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Michael Vick's Sentence: 23 Months in Prison, 3 Years Probation

Yesterday I did a Q/A on Michael Vick's sentence for In addition to discussing the sentence--which will last for at least 20 and a half months--I discuss the prospect of Vick's state trial, the factors that will likely be considered by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in where it decides to incarcerate Vick, and what Vick's supervised release following his prison sentence might entail. I interviewed Tom Hutchison, the chief of staff for the U.S. Parole Commission, for the piece, and he provided some great insight. I hope you have a chance to check it out.

I also contributed some comments to Jeff Barker for his piece in the Baltimore Sun on Vick's sentence. Barker also interviews University of Richmond law professor Carl Tobias.


What I have read on Vick's sentance does not seem harsh. I have read that from the very beginning on Monday, Judge Hudson was impatient with Vick and Billy Martin. Hudson interrupted Martin when he started to say that Vick had taken responsibility. Hudson then described at least 2 statements and the dates of statements Vick had made. Hudson demanded to know from Vick how he had denied a personal role in the killing on 4-2007 (later admitted it after told the polygraph and other defendants found him not truthful)and also lied to an FBI agent about his marijuana use.

Vick had been given a polygraph test and found not truthful and then admitted more. The federal prosecutor also said that Vick had lied on 4 other issues.

The prosecutor then would not recommend a reduction on the sentence Vick would normally get for taking responsibility.

It seems to me that you are very sympathetic to Michael Vick, but an average person would be surprised that Judge Hudson did not throw the book at him and give him 60 months.

I guess Michael Vick does not get it. YOU DON'T LIE to either a judge or FBI agents or any law enforcement officers.

Either that, or Billy Maritn did not give him very sound legal advice. Even Mr. Martin tried to tell the judge something about Vick "self-medicating" when talking about his marijuana use!

It seems that Vick continues to hurt himself at every turn. How on earth can anyone believe him? I have lost count how many times Vick has said "I've taken full responsibility."

Blogger elena -- 12/12/2007 1:08 AM  

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