Judge Schedules Nov. 27 Hearing to Determine Trial Date for Vick in State Case
A Surry County, Va., judge today scheduled a Nov. 27 hearing to determine a trial date for suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to face state dogfighting charges.
Vick did not attend today's initial court appearance in the case in Sussex, Va. Attorney Lawrence Woodward represented Vick and appeared in court briefly, then reportedly exited without answering questions by media members. Woodward said in court that Vick turned himself in last week for pretrial processing.
Vick was indicted on two state felony counts related to his admitted participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property that he owned in southeastern Virginia. He was indicted for beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs, and for engaging in or promoting dogfighting. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
William R. (Billy) Martin, Vick's Washington-based attorney, has said that he and the other members of Vick's legal team will closely study the possibility that the state charges might violate Vick's rights by improperly charging him twice with the same crime. Legal experts have said it's unclear whether the state charges, which came after Vick pleaded guilty to a federal dogfighting-related charge, constitute illegal double jeopardy.
Vick and co-defendants Purnell Peace, Tony Taylor and Quanis Phillips already have pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges related to dogfighting. Vick is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson on Dec. 10 and faces a recommended jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, although Hudson can sentence him to up to five years in prison if he chooses.
Hudson ordered Vick to be confined to his home from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily after Vick tested positive for marijuana last month, according to court documents.
Vick is on indefinite suspension by the NFL. A hearing is scheduled for Thursday on the Falcons' attempt to force him to return more than $15 million of the $37 million in bonuses in his 10-year, $130 million contract.
By Mark Maske |
October 3, 2007; 11:21 AM ET
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