Originally Posted by tony hipchest
i think he will be found innocent and goodell will apologize for scrutinizing him.
the whole case probably hinges on offering a plea deal to 1 of the other 3 "associates" in hopes that they snitch to the authorities in order to land vick. it wont happen. these guys are proffessional criminals and not afraid to go to jail. there will be a HUGE vick payday waiting for them when they get out.
chris mortensen just said that since vick is not a repeat offender, goodell will probably have to wait for a conviction and that he wont be able to be suspended without justice running its course. vick will play. the commissioner cant do crap.
Don't bet on Vick walking away from this Tony - this is the Justice Dept., not a local DA who operates a bait shop on the side and needs to run for re-election.
As for Mortensen, ESPN of course has been saying Vick is in the clear when not running such breaking news events as "who is more now?" This is a PR nightmare for the NFL in general and Arthur Blank + Nike in particular.
Here is the link to the indictment, with numerous references to 4 CWs (cooperating witnesses) who presumably already have cut their plea deals. IMHO the USAO for the ED Virginia did not cut those deals to nab "P Funk", "Q", or "T", but to nab #7 in your program, who also goes by the name "Ookie" in the attached indictment.
Maybe Vick can get a commutation if the sentence is "excessive."