Michael Vick


Disgraced former NFL star Michael Vick declared that “I am not the bad person or the beast I’ve been made out to be” in a letter to a judge asking for leniency.
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Michael Vick wrote he was “forever a changed man.”

“I have been talked about and ridiculed on a day to day basis by people who really don’t know Michael Vick the human being. They only knew the football player which is unfair,” Vick said in a handwritten letter released this week.

U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson sentenced Vick on Monday to serve 23 months in prison for financing a dogfighting ring and helping to kill pit bulls that did not fight aggressively.

Vick wrote the judge that he had accepted responsibility for his actions, would pay restitution and never again use “a single dollar that I have earned for anything but to help people.” Read letters from Vick, his mom, sports stars »

The former Atlanta Falcons quarterback said he grew up not knowing the severity of the crime of dogfighting and asked Hudson for “a second chance.”

Other letters supporting Vick were sent by his mother, his seventh-grade teacher and children he had met since becoming a star and one of the NFL’s most highly paid players.

Brenda Vick Boddie said her son fell victim to friends who took advantage of Vick’s inability to “say no.”

“PLEASE Your HONOR give my baby Michael another chance. He’s never been in trouble with the law before, PLEASE! PLEASE! one more chance,” she pleaded in her own handwritten letter.

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Former Falcons teammate Warrick Dunn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin and two sporting legends, former home run king Hank Aaron and former two time boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman, also wrote letters on Vick’s behalf.
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Thank you Cnn News
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Michael Vick’s co~defendants receive prison sentences…

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Michael Vick’s co~defendants sentenced to 18 months, 21 months in prison…

Legal expert says sentences, judge’s remarks don’t bode well for Vick

Sentences were within range recommended by federal guidelines

Vick, who surrendered early, is to be sentenced on December 10

In from RICHMOND, Virginia, the judge who will decide how long Michael Vick stays in prison sentenced two of the fallen NFL star’s dogfighting partners to prison on Friday.

Purnell Peace, left, was sentenced to 18 months in prison, and Quanis Phillips was sentenced to 21 months.

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Purnell Peace, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Quanis Phillips, of Atlanta, Georgia, was sentenced to 21 months.

“You may have thought this was sporting, but it was very callous and cruel,” U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson told Phillips.

Federal sentencing guidelines suggested a year to 18 months. Vick faces the same potential prison time.

B.J. Bernstein, a criminal defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia, said the co~defendants’ prison sentence, as well as the judge’s remarks, don’t bode well for Vick. “It means it’s not going to easy for Vick,” she told CNN.

She noted that although prosecutors recommended sentences at the lower end of the federal guidelines to reward Phillips and Peace for cooperating, the judge sentenced them at the higher range.

“If he did that for someone who cooperated, it cannot be good for Vick,” Bernstein said. She added that Vick’s early surrender and agreement to pay more than $928,000 to care for dogs seized from his property might not help him much.

In fact, Bernstein added, Vick could receive a harsher sentence because he did not cooperate and bank rolled the dogfighting operation. Bernstein is not involved in the case.

Peace, Phillips and Taylor pleaded guilty last summer and agreed to testify against Vick, prompting the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback to enter his own plea agreement a few days later.

Sentencing guidelines called for punishments of 12 to 18 months for Peace and 18 to 24 months for Phillips, who has a more extensive criminal record.

Prosecutors recommended sentences at the low end of the range because of the co~defendants’ cooperation. But Hudson said he felt sentences on the high end of the range were appropriate because of the nature of the crime.

Hudson told Peace that he was concerned because a pre~sentencing report quoted Peace as saying he saw he nothing wrong with dogfighting.

According to court papers, Vick financed virtually the entire “Bad Newz Kennels” dogfighting enterprise at his 15 acre property in Surry County in rural southeastern Virginia and participated in executing several underperforming dogs by drowning, hanging and other means.

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Vick publicly apologized for his role in the dogfighting operation and unexpectedly turned himself in Nov. 19 to begin serving his prison term early. He is being held in a state jail in Warsaw, Virginia.

All four men also face state charges. Vick’s attorneys this week requested a jury trial, which is set to begin in April. *************
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Where are all of the other dog fighters…why aren’t they being searched out and punished to the same rules?

Where are all of the other owners in the arena??? Why haven’t they been brought forward across the country…or are these men the only ones to be brought forward?

DO I smell a healthy pile of dog poop…are only wealthy black NFL players and their associates being prosecuted?

Thoughts to ponder, Baby Boomers…What are yours???

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

NFL’s newest dark cloud

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For the NFL, 2007 has been a year of tragedy and scandal, ugliness and senselessness, each month seeming to bring worse stories of off-field trouble that stand in stark contrast with an on field product that is running on all cylinders.

The latest, and hopefully last, came Monday when the Washington Redskins’ Sean Taylor was gunned down during a home invasion. He died Tuesday.

It was brutal and sad, the snuffing out of a talented and promising life made even worse by the realization that he is the fourth active NFL player to die this year alone. Combine that with high profile legal issues, major injuries to current players and a bitter pension fight involving former ones and you have a year to forget.

Things are so bad, the depths so low, the pain so real, it’s overshadowed a season that, on the field at least, should be one to remember.

The Indianapolis Colts, featuring the popular Peyton Manning and Tony Dungy, finally won the Super Bowl. The New England Patriots have emerged as perhaps the greatest team of all time this season, chasing both a perfect team record and a book full of individual marks. Big fan base franchises such as the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers are having great years while a number of other franchises have been rejuvenated.

The league has not just an array of great young talent [Adrian Peterson, et al] but a rebirth of some older ones [Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Randy Moss]. When the Colts and Patriots met earlier this month, it was the latest matchup of unbeaten teams since the 1970 merger. The game then actually lived up the hype.

So too, perhaps, will the rare late season matchup of one~loss teams, the Cowboys and Packers, Thursday.

That is, if anyone even remembers to watch.

The thing is: as great as the action has been, as great as the story lines have played out, as perfect as heroes and villains have taken their roles, ’07 has been a disaster in every other measurable way. One horrible tale replacing another.

Taylor’s murder this week was an all too familiar one.

The year started bad when, during the early morning hours of Jan. 1, the Denver Broncos’ Darrent Williams was shot and killed by a passing gunman while riding in a limo after an altercation at a local nightclub.

Less than two months later, Broncos running back Damien Nash collapsed and died after playing a charity basketball game in his hometown of St. Louis.

In March, the Patriots’ Marquise Hill accidentally drowned after falling off his jet ski in his native Louisiana.

All four men were just 24.

The offseason was also plagued with high profile legal trouble. It started with the Tennessee Titans cornerback Pacman Jones’ involvement in a gentlemen’s club shooting in Las Vegas that left a bouncer paralyzed.

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Then the Atlanta Falcons’ Michael Vick, the league’s highest paid and one of its highest profile players, was arrested in connection with a dog fighting ring on property he owned in rural Virginia. Vick pled guilty and is serving time in advance of his sentencing in early December.

Even O.J. Simpson is in trouble again.

Meanwhile, former NFL players continued to fight the league for improved pension and health benefits while spinning terrible tales of woe and making the NFLPA look like a heartless organization. It helped draw attention to the massive physical injuries, particularly concussions, which NFL players deal with after their playing days.

That hit home on the league’s opening weekend when the Buffalo Bills’ Kevin Everett suffered a severe spinal injury on a simple kickoff play. At least there is some bright light here. Everett is out of the hospital and doctors believe he may even walk again one day.

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You can’t blame the NFL for wondering what possibly could be next?

There is no simple conclusion to draw here. Each situation is different, each tragedy its own. But sometimes bad things seem to come in waves and the NFL is certainly dealing with that now.

If the league was just about football, then the worst thing to happen all year was the Patriots’ “Spygate” scandal, which, in truth, just helped create more interest and excitement for the product on the field.

That’s the kind of controversy that professional sports like.

Not endless funerals, court proceedings and Congressional hearings.

Not superstars behind bars. Not all these 24 year olds gone forever.

The people to remember in thoughts and prayers are the families and friends of those dealing with death and injury, with life altering moments that they had nothing to do with and almost certainly can’t make sense of.

Roger Goodell would be the first to tell you that, the first to tell you to think of those folks.

But here in 2007, in the new commissioner’s first full year on the job, it’s OK to acknowledge all that has been thrown at him and his NFL.

And then hope we never see another year like it.
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Thank you Dan Wetzel and Yahoo! Sports’
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Michael Vick Surrenders, Will Enter Prison Early

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Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick surrendered to authorities yesterday after deciding to begin his federal prison sentence three weeks earlier than his scheduled sentencing, according to a court document.

Vick surrendered to U.S. marshals and was being held at a regional jail. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 10 by U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson after pleading guilty to a conspiracy charge related to his participation in a dogfighting operation based at a property he owned in southeastern Virginia.

According to an order signed yesterday by Hudson, Vick “has indicated his desire to voluntarily enter custody prior to his sentencing hearing.”

The order said it appeared “appropriate to do so” and Vick “is remanded to custody based solely on his desire to begin his period of incarceration prior to his sentencing hearing and not because of a violation of any condition of his bond.”

Vick is facing a recommended jail sentence of 12 to 18 months, although Hudson can sentence Vick to up to five years in prison if he chooses.

“From the beginning, Mr. Vick has accepted responsibility for his actions, and his self surrender further demonstrates that acceptance,” Vick’s Washington based attorney, William R. (Billy) Martin, said in a written statement. “Michael wants to again apologize to everyone who has been hurt in this matter and he thanks all of the people who have offered him and his family prayers and support during this time.”

Vick also is facing state dogfighting charges and was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after entering his guilty plea in his federal case.
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Thank you The Washington Post, Mark Maske and Jerry Markon, Washington Post Staff Writers
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In SUSSEX, Virginia, suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick must adhere to tightened restrictions after he tested positive for marijuana use, a federal judge said Wednesday.

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Suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick tested positive for marijuana in a September 13 drug test.

Vick tested positive for the drug on September 13, a court document from the Eastern District of Virginia shows.

As a result, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson ordered Vick to “submit to any method of testing required by the pretrial services officer or the supervising officer for determining whether the defendant is using a prohibited substance.”

Those methods could include random drug testing, a remote alcohol testing system “and/or any form of prohibited substance screening or testing,” the order said.

Vick, 27, must participate in substance abuse therapy and mental health counseling “if deemed advisable by the pretrial services officer or supervising officer” at his own expense, the order said.

Vick was also ordered to stay home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., “or as directed by the pretrial services officer or supervising officer,” the order said. He is to be electronically monitored during that time.

The conditions are to apply until Vick’s sentencing, which is set for December 10.

“This is a very difficult time for Mr. Vick,” said Billy Martin, Vick’s lead defense counsel, in a written statement. “He will comply with the court’s new conditions regarding release.”

Vick faces a possible prison term of 12 to 18 months after his August guilty plea to federal conspiracy charges related to dogfighting on his property in Surry County, Virginia. The original terms of the pretrial release, set in July by U.S. Magistrate Dennis W. Dohnal, required that Vick not use narcotic drugs or other controlled substances unless prescribed by a doctor.

Vick’s guilty plea in the federal case came after three associates, Purnell Peace, 35, of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Quanis Phillips, 28, of Atlanta, Georgia; and Tony Taylor, 34, of Hampton, Virginia, admitted their roles in the operation and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors.

On Tuesday, a Virginia grand jury indicted Vick and the three co-defendants on state charges of running a dogfighting ring at the home.

The Surry County grand jury brought two charges against Vick: one count of unlawfully torturing and killing dogs and one of promoting dogfights. Each is a felony charge that could result in a five-year prison term.

Vick will be arraigned October 3 in state court in Virginia.

Vick’s attorneys say they are fighting the state charges on the grounds that he can’t be convicted twice of the same crime.

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Thank you CNN News and CNN’s Eric Fiegel, who contributed to this report.
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Michael Vick…when are you going to quit making bad decisions…if you have pancakes for breakfast, they are going to know it! If you are NOT supposed to eat pancakes for breakfast, don’t eat them for breakfast! It is just that simple.

YOU are on their radar…so get smart and quit doing what they expect you to do.

Personally, I think alcohol and pharmaceuticals should be considered far worse than marijuana…and banned…yes I am a 60’s chick.

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Peace out.
~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Police say Dacula man fed cats, kittens to his pit bull dogs

LAWRENCEVILLE – A suburban Atlanta man captured neighborhood cats and kittens and fed them live to his pit bulls, authorities said Thursday.

Tye Hilmo, 21, of Dacula was charged Thursday with aggravated cruelty to animals. He was already in jail on drug, firearm and probation violation charges, Gwinnett County sheriff’s spokeswoman Stacey Bourbonnais said.

The new warrant charges that Hilmo did give injured live cats and kittens to his pit bull dogs and let the pit bulls kill the already injured cats and kittens. Hilmo would capture and injure neighborhood cats for this purpose.”

He was arrested Sept. 10 after investigators serving a search warrant on his house found guns and two pounds of marijuana, Bourbonnais said. He has been jailed since then.

Authorities found the bodies of two kittens near Hilmo’s residence. Bourbonnais said they also found a gruesome image on Hilmo’s cell phone: a picture of one of his pit bulls and one of the mauled, dead kittens, and beneath picture a caption that says, “Good Dog.”

“It’s pretty disturbing,” Bourbonnais said.

The initial tip about Hilmo indicated he may be feeding kittens and cats to his dogs to prepare the dogs for fighting, but no dogfighting charges have been leveled against Hilmo, Bourbonnais said.

Sheriff’s officials could not immediately say whether Hilmo has an attorney.

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Thank you The Associated Press.
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Well, let’s see if they throw the book at him the way they did Michael Vic…

This is a pretty sick individual, in my book…what do you think Baby Boomers???

I watched the video on this and I think I am going to skip dinner tonight…I hope that someone else gets the dog so it can be retrained, if possible…once a dog gets a taste for blood, it is hard to stop.

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

Dog’s death puts spotlight on ANIMAL ABUSE

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In SEGUIN, Texas, a Texas Lutheran University psychology professor said adolescents who engage in acts such as those alleged of three Guadalupe County boys in detention for reportedly torturing, beating to death and beheading a small dog have often themselves been victims of violence or seen shocking things they “act out” on an animal.

Psychology instructor and licensed psychological counselor Carolyn Turner said she could not speak to the specifics of the case of the three boys who Tuesday evening allegedly took a small dog to an abandoned house off Glenewinkel Road and tortured and killed it.

“I can’t blame anybody or draw any conclusions, but primarily, this is often an expression of rage or hostility. Sometimes it’s retaliatory. Usually it indicates children have seen something very disturbing,” Turner said. “They could have been exposed to something disturbing on the Internet. It could have been something at home or extreme peer-pressure.

“They could have inherited or acquired a mental illness somehow. But statistically, it’s fairly rare to see extreme abuse from persons who haven’t had some kind of experience or had abuse perpetrated upon themselves.

“Research shows this isn’t prevalent in the absence of learning, contributing home conditions or severe mental illnesses.”

And statistically, she said, children who have been abused are much more likely to become abusers themselves.

There isn’t that much research on the topic of animal abuse, Turner said. But animal abuse among children and adolescents usually falls into four categories.

“One is exploratory, what small children do,” Turner said. “Sometimes they’ll hurt animals when they’re small because they don’t know how the animals feel. They don’t understand cruelty at that age.”

Sometimes animal abuse is a matter of vengeance — they hurt an animal because it hurts other people, such as its owner. Sometimes, it’s “learned abuse,” Turner said.

“Children exposed to domestic violence or abuse in homes are more likely to act these out.”

An example, she said, was that women who put children in shelters report 30 percent also abused animals.

The final category is usually the worst, and it’s called psychopathological abuse, where the child has a personal problem or emotional disturbance they’re acting out on animals.

“They need to discharge their rage,” Turner said. “They need a target. It explains a part of their world.”

Assistant County Attorney Nan Udell, representing County Attorney Elizabeth Murray-Kolb, asked Judge Linda Z. Jones to order a psychological evaluation of the boys during the 10 days of detention she ordered for them Wednesday.

Murray-Kolb said she was very concerned about what the crime could portend for the boys’ future, even as she prepares to prosecute them in juvenile court for a crime she said “sickened” her.

“I’ve spoken with the psychologist who will perform the evaluation and we went over the type of information we need,” Murray-Kolb said. “We need an in depth assessment of these children, and in order to do that in this situation, the psychologist needs to know what questions to ask.”

The psychologist would not be permitted to ask questions about the event itself because that would violate the rights of the defendants by asking them to incriminate themselves. But Murray-Kolb said testing and assessment of whatever underlying conditions exist would not.

“They’re not allowed to ask them about this specific offense. The psychologist is going to be looking at the underlying issues these boys have. We need to know where this behavior could come from, why it was exhibited and how to treat it, if possible,” Murray-Kolb said. “Is there anything that can be done to change what’s happened to them? Why would they do this? How do we protect the public?”

A big concern, Murray-Kolb said, is that this kind of behavior has been exhibited early in life by some of the nation’s worst criminals.

Still, she said, in spite of the public outrage, it’s important to remember that the accused in this case are teens.

“Practically all, if not all serial killers, exhibit this behavior,” Murray-Kolb said. “But all children who exhibit it are not serial killers.”

At any rate, if one were to look for a silver lining in a terrible situation, Murray-Kolb said it might be that a small animal gave its life to draw attention to three boys with a serious problem before something worse could happen.

“Tobey’s little life could have saved others,” she said.

If adjudicated on the animal cruelty allegations, the boys could be placed on probation, ordered into treatment or lodged in a Texas Youth Commission facility. Animal cruelty resulting in death for an adult offender is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

Professor Tom Mijares Ph.D is a retired police officer who works at the Criminal Justice Center at Texas State University, San Marcos, He said regardless of any underlying issues, he believed the boys should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and if they’re found culpable, they should be similarly punished.

“I have to disagree with Father Flanagan that there are no bad boys,” Mijares said. “I’d say that they should be criminally prosecuted. Think of the victim. What I would be looking at is that down the road, this could produce a lot of trauma on her part. In light of what’s happened with Michael Vick, this sort of thing can’t go unanswered.”
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Thank you Ron Maloney and The Gazette~Enterprise
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There you have it Baby Boomers…These are not normal reactions. This could be the first step towards worse behavior…next time it might not be a beloved pet…it could be a child or even an elder person.

I hope they get the kind of help they need.

If you would like to see a post on who was involved…
http://thebabyboomerqueen.wordpress.com/2007/09/13/animal-crueltyboys-ages-12-14-and-16-chargeda-hideous-crime/
That would be where I would go…

~The Baby Boomer Queen~

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