Pressure Intensifying On Falcons Quarterback

Plea hearings for Michael Vick's two co-defendants in a federal dogfighting conspiracy case will be held back-to-back Friday morning.

Purnell Peace was originally scheduled to be in court Thursday but his case has been put off one day and will take place 15 minutes after the hearing for Quanis Phillips.

Another co-defendant, Tony Taylor, has already pleaded guilty to
his role in the dogfighting enterprise and agreed to testify against the Atlanta Falcons' star quarterback.

Prosecutors said at Taylor's plea hearing that they expected a superseding indictment against Vick this month. And according to
legal experts, the threat of additional charges and testimony by
three former partners increases the pressure on Vick to also
negotiate a plea agreement.

Vick has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to travel in interstate commerce in aid of unlawful activities and conspiring to sponsor a dog in an animal fighting venture. His trial is scheduled for November 26th.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of
up to $250,000.

Vick has been ordered by the NFL to stay away from the Falcons'
training camp while the process plays out,




 
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