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Happy trails, Mike Vick

Update [2007-7-18 12:20:36 by Skin Patrol]: Hat tip to The Falcoholic; A Suspension is likely on the way.
We're not going to dwell on this story as it isn't Redskins related, but is big enough to warrant a post. If this story fascinates you, please check out The Falcoholic, as he is no doubt married to this story for the forseeable future. Poor guy.

Vick Indicted:

NFL star Michael Vick was indicted by a federal grand jury Tuesday on charges of sponsoring a dogfighting operation so grisly the losers either died in the pit or sometimes were electrocuted, drowned, hanged or shot.
A conviction likely means jail time:
Would Vick be sent to jail if he is convicted?

Yes. It's hard to imagine any other outcome. The charges are serious, and the evidence against Vick presented at trial will be nasty. The government's case includes evidence that Vick and his cohorts "tested" pit bulls for ferocity. If the dogs failed the test, the indictment charges, they were executed by hanging or drowning. In one case, with Vick present, the indictment says a dog was slammed to the ground until it was dead. In another incident, a dog was soaked with a hose and then electrocuted. Those aren't the sort of transgressions that lead to probation and community service. It's the kind of behavior that results in punishment, and the punishment will be jail time.

How likely is a conviction? Hat tip to Who The Hell Is Mel Kiper for finding the relevant statistics complements your Federal Government. Full 2005 report available here, though I'm happy to provide the most recent statistics available for convictions:

In 2002 80,424 people were charged in Federal Courts. 71,798 were convicted. 53,682 saw jail time. Corresponding rates of conviction and jail time are 89.2% and 66.7% respectively, though the latter is probably low in Vick's case, given the nature of the crime.

Aloha means goodbye.

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