Contrary to previously published speculation, a federal grand jury has indicted Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick on dogfighting charges (MSNBC.com). The indictment accuses Vick and 3 co-defendants of sponsoring dogfights as far back as 2001, and participating in illegal interstate commerce.
ESPN.com outlines the potential penalty: "If convicted on the Travel Act portion of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces a statutory maximum of five years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and full restitution. If convicted on the animal fighting venture portion of the conspiracy charge, each defendant faces one year in prison, a $100,000 fine, or both. The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation seeking recovery of any property constituting, or derived from, proceeds obtained directly or indirectly as a result of these offenses."
Media reports suggested a few weeks ago that Vick would escape prosecution on these charges. Nope.
I expect our Atlanta NFL blog The Falcoholic will be engaged in spirited discussions over this.
Update [2007-7-17 19:51:46 by Shrug]: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has published a summary of the indictment, which includes some extraordinarily disturbing details about the allegations. I believe there's a PDF of the indictment available on the site if you want to go through the whole thing. I got squeamish just reading the round-up.
Innocent 'til, etc.