Friday, July 27, 2007

Vick claims he is not guilty

Michael Vick pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal dogfighting charges and was released without bond until a Nov. 26 trial. The Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others entered their pleas in U.S. District Court to conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting and conducting the enterprise across state lines. Federal prosecutors say the operation -- known as Bad Newz Kennels -- was run on Vick's property in Surry County. Among the conditions set for all the defendants is that they surrender their passports, that they not travel outside their immediate area without court approval and that they do not sell or possess any dog. In addition, Vick was ordered to surrender any animal breeder or kennel license.

"I take these charges very seriously and look forward to clearing my good name," Vick said in a statement read outside court by Martin. I respectfully ask all of you to hold your judgment until all of the facts are shown."

"Today, you all either heard or saw Michael take his first step toward proving his innocence," Vick's attorney, Billy Martin, said. "We intend to prove Mike's innocence at trial."

This is America afterall, so Vick has a legit shot at being found innocent. If OJ's case was any indication, with enough coin, any rich, black athlete can beat a charge of killing bitches.

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