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Old 09-25-2007, 06:09 PM   #2
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Default Re: Prosecutors to seek indictments on vick

Well, Vick was indicted on some state charges (sort of)

Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing Dec. 10, was indicted on one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and one count of engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each count is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

The grand jury declined to indict the Atlanta Falcons quarterback and two co-defendants on eight counts of killing or causing to be killed a companion animal, which would have exposed them to as many as 40 years in prison if convicted.


Local law enforcement issued this odd statement to assure everyone the grand jurors were not racists or influenced by outside agitators

The grand jury -- made up of two black men, two black women and two white women -- met for more than three hours.

''These are serious charges, and we can assure you that this grand jury was not driven by racial prejudice, their affection or lack of affection for professional athletes, or the influence of animal rights activists and the attendant publicity,'' Sheriff Harold Brown and Poindexter said in a joint statement.


No word on how Poindexter knows what motivated the grand jurors. In any event, ace DA Poindexter does not appear too distraught over the grand jury refusing to return an indictment on the more serious charges

Poindexter said he was not disappointed that the grand jury rejected eight additional charges of killing dogs.

''I'm just glad to get this to the position where it is now and one day in the not too distant future, we will be rid of these cases,'' he said.


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/spor...=1&oref=slogin

Trust me on this - You have to be one sorry ass prosecutor to not get a grand jury to return an indictment on any charge you present to it. No bills are unheard of.

Poindexter is going through the motions to deflect bad publicity - if it was not for the Feds Vick would still be unindicted and taking snaps for the Falcons
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