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Plaxico Burris gets 24 months for accidentally shooting himself in the leg in NYC. Michael Vick gets 23 months for torturing dogs to death in a massive gambling operation. Both multiple felony felons, black ghetto kidz.. but if this isn't an indictment of the system nothing is.

"Accidental shooting

On Friday, November 28, 2008, Burress suffered an accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right thigh in the New York City nightclub LQ when his Glock pistol, tucked in the waistband of his sweatpants, began sliding down his leg; apparently in reaching for the gun he inadvertently depressed the trigger, causing the gun to fire.[18] The injury was not life-threatening and he was released from an area hospital the next afternoon.[19] The following Monday, Burress turned himself in to police to face charges of criminal possession of a handgun.[20] It was later discovered that the NYPD found out about the incident only after seeing it on television and were not called by New York-Presbyterian Hospital as required by law. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg called the hospital actions an "outrage" and stated that they are a "chargeable offense". Bloomberg also urged that Burress be prosecuted to the fullest extent, saying that any punishment short of the minimum 3½ years for unlawful carrying of a handgun would be "a mockery of the law."[21][22] Burress had an expired concealed carry (CCW) license from Florida, but no New York license.

On December 2, 2008, Burress posted bail of $100,000.[23] Later in the day, Burress reported to Giants Stadium as per team policy for injured but active players, and was told he would be suspended without pay[24] for the remaining four games of the 2008 regular season for conduct detrimental to the team. In addition, the Giants placed Burress on their reserve/non-football injury list,[25] meaning he was ineligible to return for the playoffs. Burress was also scheduled to receive $1 million from his signing bonus on December 10, 2008, but the status of that payment is unclear.[26] The NFL Players Association filed a grievance, saying the team violated the collective bargaining agreement and challenging the suspension and fine received by Burress.[27]

On December 23, 2008, a search of Burress' New Jersey home by the Totowa, New Jersey Police, the New York Police Department and investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney turned up a 9 mm handgun, a rifle, ammunition and the clothing believed to be worn by Burress on the night of his accidental shooting. If Burress cannot present permits for the weapons, additional charges will likely be filed against him.[28]

On June 12, 2009 Burress' attorney, Benjamin Brafman announced that he has been unable to reach a sentencing agreement, and will request an adjournment until September. [29] Burress asked a Manhattan grand jury for sympathy during two hours of testimony on July 29, 2009. [30]

On Monday August 3, 2009, prosecutors announced that Burress has been indicted on two counts of criminal possesion of a weapon in the second degree, and a single count of reckless endangerment in the second degree, both felonies.[31][32] On August 20, 2009, Plaxico accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to the charges, and it is expected that at his September 22, 2009, sentencing hearing he will be sentenced to two years in prison with an additional two years of supervision when released."


Dog fighting investigations
Main article: Bad Newz Kennels dog fighting investigation

A search warrant executed on April 25, 2007 as part of a drug investigation of Vick's cousin Davon Boddie led to discovery of evidence of unlawful dog fighting activities at a property owned by Vick in rural Surry County in southeastern Virginia, with extensive facilities which had apparently been developed for that purpose.[33] Widespread media publicity quickly gained momentum as state officials investigated, soon joined by federal authorities with their own investigation. As the separate state and federal investigations progressed, more and more details of the six-year-long operations of an interstate dog fighting ring were revealed, with some portions involving drugs and gambling. Gruesome details involving abuse, torture and execution of under-performing dogs galvanized animal rights activists and expressions of public outrage. Vick and several others were subsequently indicted on both federal and Virginia felony charges related to the operation.

Federal criminal prosecution
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Speech made to U.S. Senate Following the Indictment of Michael Vick on federal Dog-fighting Charges

In July 2007, Vick and three other men were charged by federal authorities with felony charges of operating an unlawful six-year long interstate dog fighting venture known as "Bad Newz Kennels" at Vick's 15-acre property in Surry County, Virginia. Vick was accused of financing the operation, directly participating in dog fights and executions, and personally handling thousands of dollars in related gambling activities. Federal prosecutors indicated they intended to proceed under the powerful provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The indictment ended any realistic chance of Vick taking the field for the 2007 season, as the terms of his bail barred him from leaving Virginia pending trial.

Plea agreements, convictions

By August 20, Vick and each of the other three co-defendants had agreed to separate plea bargains for the federal charges.[42][43] They were expected to each receive federal prison sentences between 12 months and a maximum of five years.

On August 24, Vick filed his plea documents with the federal court. He pled guilty to "Conspiracy to Travel in Interstate Commerce in Aid of Unlawful Activities and to Sponsor a Dog in an Animal Fighting Venture". In addition, he admitted to providing most of the financing for the operation itself, as well as participating directly in several dog fights in Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina and South Carolina. He also admitted to sharing in the proceeds from these dog fights. He further admitted that he knew his colleagues killed several dogs who didn't perform well enough. However, while he admitted to providing most of the money for gambling on the fights, he denied placing any side bets on the dogfights. He also denied actually killing any dogs himself.[44] ESPN obtained copies of the documents under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act and made them available at:

* Vick federal guilty plea

* Vick federal statement of facts

On August 27, U.S. District Judge Henry E. Hudson accepted Vick's guilty plea. In the scheduled December 10 sentencing, Vick faced a maximum of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release. Prosecutors asked Hudson to sentence Vick to 12–18 months (the minimum amount possible under federal sentencing guidelines) if Vick cooperated with the government as he had agreed to do in the terms of the original plea agreement. The terms of the plea agreement include a clause in which Vick forfeits his right to appeal any sentence imposed upon him. Though prosecutors asked for a lower-end sentence for Vick, Hudson could still increase the sentence up to the maximum limits; Hudson had in fact informed two co-defendants—Peace and Phillips—that the brutality in killing the dogs warranted exceeding the guidelines in their cases.[45]

A significant portion of the plea agreement involved Vick cooperating with federal authorities pursuing other dog fighting cases as well as a complete allocution on his role in the Bad Newz Kennels, including detailing his role in the killing of dogs after the fights. The allocution proved to be a "sticking point," as both federal prosecutors and FBI agents reported that Vick was giving contradictory statements about how dogs were killed, what his role in the killings were, how many dogs were killed, and other details.[46] According to reporters who spoke to Judge Hudson after the sentencing hearing, Vick's pre-sentencing behavior, especially during an FBI polygraph administered in October 2007 which showed that Vick was being deceptive when asked direct questions about killing dogs, was a factor in selecting the length of the sentence.[46]

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Added: Aug-21-2009 
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  • "...indictment of the system..."?? I think not. How do you explain Colin Powell, or any number of people who grew up in similar neighborhoods?

    People, particularly, adults are responsible for their own actions. One of the biggest problems with society today is the mentality that no one is responsible for their own actions. It's always societies fault, or their priest, or parents, or a bad teacher, etc.

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  • Two ignorant thugs who blew the biggest opportunities of their lives, there is nothing else to argue about. I bet their parents are so proud of them.

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