March 14, 2008

Vick's State Dogfighting Trial Delayed

Michael Vick's trial on state dogfighting charges (his prior convictions were based only on violations of federal law) has been delayed. It was originally scheduled for April 2nd in Surry County, Virginia. No new date has been set, but one will be on March 25th.

This should not be seen as a sign of weakness in the state's case, or as a sign that they need more time to put their trial together. Transporting prisoners is the responsibility of the state. If they can delay until one or more members of the conspiracy are no longer in Federal prison, they can avoid that cost to the taxpayers of a rural county. I would assume that is the prosecutor's main goal, assuming he can still stay within the constitutional parameters of the defendants' right to a speedy trial.

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