Monday, December 10, 2007
Michael Vick, another look
No Victories for Vick

Michael Vick was sentenced today. He drew five months more than the stiffest sentence recommended by federal prosecutors in the plea agreement. All told, he'll serve about 20 months in prison. Vick turned himself in early to begin serving his sentence. He has apologized for his behavior and denounced dog fighting. He's even put up the money to care for those dogs left behind after the bust. Michael Vick has done all the right things to redeem himself in America. But he may never get a second chance. That's because he did something we revile in our culture. He killed an animal; more than one, in fact. And if there is one thing we cannot abide in this country, it is animal cruelty. Like I said on AC 360 when the story broke, Michael Vick would likely have been better off had he killed a person. But kill a dog - even a pit bull - and you not going to see forgiveness any time soon. Last week I saw the Coen Brothers' brilliant new film No Country for Old Men. As the credits rolled, my girlfriend turned to me to say she'd had a really hard time with the violence. After all, a lot of people meet their maker in this study of evil. But, turns out, she wasn't talking about the people. She was talking about the dogs. That's right. She was most disturbed by the many pit bulls that bite it before the film is out. "But what about the people," I asked. "Didn't that bother you?" "Not so much," was her answer. I rest my case.


--Jami Floyd, Anchor, Court TV News
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