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Michael Vick’s Federal Dogfighting Criminal Charges
U.S. v. Purnell A. Peace, Quanis L. Phillips
Tony Taylor and Michael Vick a/k/a "Ookie"
July 17, 2007

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  • U.S. Attorney’s Office
  • Billy Martin, Vick’s Defense Lawyer
  • Criminal Defense Lawyers

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  • Atlanta Falcon’s Quarterback Michael Vick’s federal criminal indictment accusing him of conspiring with others to stage dogfighting events and create dogfight training facilicties for profit.

    Vick is accused of paying “approximately $34,000” for property located in Smithfield, Va. to train, breed, and house pit-bulls for dogfighting, and engage in dogfighting events with others.

    The charges contain multiple allegations of abuse against animals, including that Vick and two co-defendants “executed approximately 8 dogs that did not perform well.” The executions were allegedly carried out in a variety of brutal ways, including “hanging, drowning, and slamming at least one dog’s body to the ground.”

    With the exception of Vick, the other three defendants have already plead guilty to federal charges, and are awaiting sentencing. According to Vick’s lead defense lawyer Billy Martin, the Atlanta Falcon’s quarterback intends to plead to felony conspiracy. He next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, August 27, 2007.

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