Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Judge to Vick: Heel! Sit!
Breaking news from the SUS Legal Correspondent, The Brooklyn Hillbilly-
(not to be confused with SUS Legal Counsel, Devo)
NORFOLK, Va. -- Fallen NFL star Michael Vick must appear at a bankruptcy hearing next month but should pay his own way from the Kansas prison where he is serving time for his role in a dogfighting conspiracy, a judge ruled Wednesday.
At an hour long hearing, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank J. Santoro rejected the government's suggestions that he either postpone Vick's April 2 bankruptcy confirmation hearing or allow the suspended player to testify by video hookup from the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth, Kan.
"I'm not going to be put in a position of determining credibility or demeanor over a television," said Santoro, who has insisted since Vick filed for bankruptcy in July that he would have to testify in person.
Santoro also balked at delaying the hearing, citing the rights of creditors who are owed millions of dollars.
For the first time, Vick's attorneys publicly confirmed that he has been approved for transfer to home confinement home no sooner than May 21, about two months before his scheduled release from federal custody.
Vick's attorneys had been saying his move to a halfway house was imminent, but Woodward said Vick's probation officer told him Tuesday that Vick will serve the last few weeks of his 23-month sentence at his home in Hampton.
Normally, I'm a law and order type, a real straight arrow. But Judge Santoro can get off his high horse on this case. Bankruptcy proceedings take all of five minutes to accomplish, but apparently this guy has such a hard on for Mike Vick that he has to gaze into his eyes like W did to Putin to trust that hes going to repay his creditors. Look, its obvious this guy is either a Falcons season ticket holder or a UVA fan, theres no other reason he would require a cross-country trip for Vick in shackles.
Before you puppy lovers get all worked up, I'm not a Vick supporter and I think he needed to cool his jets in the clink for a couple months. Frankly, I hated the fucker when he shat on WVU in college. But the mans gotta make a living and I hope he makes it back to the NFL. By the way, the deal hes about to strike is a pretty good one- Vick's bankruptcy plan would allow him to keep the first $750,000 of his annual pay. After that, a percentage would go to his creditors based on a sliding scale. That's probably better than any deal ever gotten in the history of US Bankruptcy Court. Except for the one Bernie Madoff and his wife will probably strike in a few months.
All that aside, the guy is getting out in like 2 months. This hearing cant wait 'til then? Congrats Judge Santoro, you got your 15 minutes of fame, now go back in your hole.