Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Will Vick Take Michael Irvin's Advice?

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Irvin appeared on the 2 Live Stews radio show and said, among other things, said that Michael Vick should take a plea deal.

Now, if anyone knows about the trials and tribulations of the legal system, it's Michael Irvin. Is Irvin the legal analyst we should have been hearing from all along?

Today brings the news that Michael Vick's co-defendants have decided to enter plea deals later this week. Vick's spokesperson, Collins Spencer (who was "let go" from reading the news on a local tv station earlier this year), said the defense team didn't see it coming.

That's a joke, right?

At the arraignment, it appeared the co-defendants, except Tony Taylor, might have been cooperating with one another. If Vick's professional team was actually surprised about this latest development in the case, it would just be the latest in the comedy of errors in his handling of this matter.

Just another strange, if not negative, turn in the Vick case... Michael's lawyers have reportedly met with the federal prosecutors regarding a plea deal for Vick that must be accepted by Friday.

I certainly would not call this good news, but it's still definitively predict what this means. There is still no information about the specific nature of the pleas. Tony Taylor plead with no assurances about his sentence. The other co-defendants mostly have nothing to lose if "nothing to lose" means millions of dollars in NFL salary and endorsements. Are they pleading for the sake of any reduction in their sentences or for a significant reward from the prosecutors? The prosecutors can't force a certain version of testimony. A witness in court can only be forced to tell the truth. Who knows which way the co-defendants roll? Tony Taylor had a personal falling out with the co-defendants. It's not clear if the other defendants have any special motivation to turn on Michael Vick.

It should be noted that, if Vick goes to trial alone, it will likely change the nature of the testimony at the trial. The other co-defendants were alleged to be involved in the day to day activities of the dog fighting operation. Generally, Michael Vick was alleged to be a financial sponsor and present at certain fights. If the prosecutors were hoping to present gut wrenching testimony of animal cruelty in order to sway the jury, it will be more difficult to accomplish that task with only Vick as a co-defendant. The nature of the trial could become far less sensationalistic.

Michael Irvin's advice aside, I'm not sure why Michael Vick would have hired all those high profile lawyers just to plea. High profile lawyers do not like to lose. Billy Martin, et. al wouldn't have signed up if they didn't think they had a reasonable chance of accomplishing something positive. Maybe Vick will go for it. We know he likes to gamble. A lot of people have turned their backs on him. Perhaps he's at the point where he has nothing to lose too.


Mr.Blackman said...

Where is Greg Anderson when you need him?

I have nothing but respect for Barry Bonds trainer. These useless chumps not only are going to be FELONS, but broke ones at that.

If I were them I'd ride or die!

Kevin Hayward said...

Actually, I think making a plea bargain could be a good way to go for Vick. He's already been found guilty in the court of public opinion, and if his hands are even a bit dirty with these accusations, he'd be better off admitting it and taking a step in the right direction. I doubt it will happen, though.

Jarrett Carter said...

The interesting part about this is that EVEN MICHAEL IRVIN can see that MV is in big trouble.

The Playmaker has spoken.

Harry said...

Vick should definitely make a plea bargain. Too many witnesses and too much at stake for him not too. Plus, prosecutors would be more lenient now than they would be later. His chances of getting to play in the NFL again would be a lot better.

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