Latest reports indicate that, if Michael Vick tries to plead guilty to the dog-fighting charges as expected, he may try to do so without admitting to gambling or killing dogs.
Three of Vick’s co-defendants have agreed to enter pleas to the dog-fighting charges that are currently facing them. All have agreed to finger Vick if his case goes to trial in November. Two of the co-defendants have already given statements that Vick was present and participated in gambling and the murdering of underperforming animals.
Vick’s defense team may be intending to try to plead without admitting either.
There are questions as to whether the federal prosecutorial team will accept this resolution to the case. Accepting this informal ‘Alford Pleas’, where a guilty plea is entered not because a person admits wrong doing, but because the plea is in his or her best interest, essentially lets off the person arguably most culpable in this situation.
This development would have an interesting impact in Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend or otherwise discipline Vick. How would the league then choose to sanction Vick if he never assumes culpability?
At this particular point in time, it appears the odds are at least even that Michael Vick’s trial may proceed in November.