Vick may be moved to halfway house in Jan

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NORFOLK, Va. - Former NFL star Michael Vick could be out of federal prison and in a Virginia halfway house by Jan. 20, one of his attorneys told a federal bankruptcy judge Tuesday.

Vick is serving a 23-month prison term in Leavenworth, Kan., for bankrolling a dogfighting conspiracy and is scheduled to be released from federal custody around July 20.

Last month, Vick also pleaded guilty to a state dogfighting charge, avoiding more prison time. The case's resolution also cleared the way for his early release from prison and possible transition into a halfway house.

Attorneys for the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback contend his long-distance absence has complicated his bankruptcy proceedings in Virginia, so they are working to get him moved to the state, said Michael Blumenthal, one of Vick's bankruptcy attorneys.

Conversely, the bankruptcy case might complicate plans for Vick's transfer.

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Frank Santoro ordered that paperwork must be completed to ensure Vick's appearance at a bankruptcy hearing set for Jan. 30 in Newport News. That paperwork could take weeks to process and could delay the halfway house program, Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal on Tuesday asked Santoro to postpone the hearing by a week, which would improve the chances of Vick being transferred before his required appearance in bankruptcy court. Santoro refused.

"Mr. Vick came into this court voluntarily," the judge said. "I am not going to try to schedule around what may or may not be the convenience of Mr. Vick."

Santoro also rejected a financial disclosure statement Vick filed in the bankruptcy case and ordered him to submit a new one by Jan. 5. Major creditors had objected to the statement, saying it lacked sufficient detail about his finances and failed to back up his statement that he believes he will resume his NFL career after his release.

"The disclosure statement is not ripe for consideration," Santoro said. "It needs to be redrafted in some respects - perhaps in some major respects."

He did not elaborate.

Santoro scheduled a new hearing on the disclosure statement for Jan. 30. He ordered Vick to appear that same day for a hearing on whether a trustee should be appointed to take control of his assets.

Vick, once the NFL's highest-paid player and among its most popular, is currently earning 12 cents an hour at the federal penitentiary. He filed for federal bankruptcy protection in July, claiming assets of $16 million and liabilities of $20.4 million.

The disclosure statement submitted last month listed real estate holdings, luxury cars and boats, business interests, bank accounts and expenses to support a large extended family. But the thing that caught the creditors' eye was the millions in unexplained cash withdrawals and transfers.

The murky financial data and uncertainty about Vick's future earnings make it hard to determine whether they should vote for Vick's reorganization plan, the creditors said.

The creditors committee consists of the Falcons, Royal Bank of Canada, Wachovia Bank, 1st Source Bank and Radtke Sports. A fifth major creditor, Joel Enterprises Inc., filed its own objection to the disclosure statement.

Vick pleaded guilty last December to a federal dogfighting conspiracy. Three co-defendants also pleaded guilty and were given shorter prison terms than Vick, who owned the Surry County property where pit bulls were trained to fight and some were executed.

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voluptuously_auburn1
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voluptuously_auburn1 12/16/08 - 04:56 pm
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He sucks. Hope he suffers

He sucks. Hope he suffers near as much as the dogs who were injured and died as a result of his ignorant self. He totally sucks.

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greencandy 12/16/08 - 04:57 pm
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I guess my prayers for Vick

I guess my prayers for Vick to rot in prison were not answered…I can only hope that my prayers for him to rot in hell are. I also hope he never earns more than 12 cents an hour for the remainder of his life. He is nothing more than a pitifully disgusting thug who doesn’t deserve the air he breathes because of the harm and torture he caused defenseless animals. It’s a shame he’s getting off so easy, and if the NFL considers allowing him to resume his career, they’re more desperate than I thought. I hope he meets his end in the exact same way he caused hundreds of animals to meet theirs.

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me too 12/16/08 - 05:41 pm
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Can't they find where the

Can't they find where the cash transfers went? I realize if there is a cash withdrawal it will be difficult to find where that money went, but unless Mr. Vick can give verifiable proof of where the funds went, he probably shouldn't be allowed to seek Bankruptcy status.

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double_standard 12/16/08 - 05:45 pm
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You people are sick. If this

You people are sick. If this happened in a state other than VA he wouldn't have went to jail. Because in the other states except GA and VA dog fighting is just as legal as Sarah Palin walking around with and assault rifle killing moose. Get a life. Vick did nothing for you neither to you.

Signal Always
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Signal Always 12/16/08 - 06:02 pm
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Wow, what a ridiculously

Wow, what a ridiculously stupid argument AND analogy, DS. As for Vick, I have now problem with this. If his incarceration was about rehabilitation, trust me, I'm pretty sure it worked. There is no way in hell he'd ever do something that stupid again.

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SargentMidTown 12/16/08 - 07:00 pm
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Vick comes from the "project

Vick comes from the "project mentality"...You can take them out of the project but you cannot take the project out of them. Vick would have been one of the hell raisers in Cherry Crossing.

http://www.theatlantic.com/doc/200807/memphis-crime

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Signal Always 12/16/08 - 09:43 pm
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Would any of you Falcon fans

Would any of you Falcon fans mind him coming back as a running back? Don't get me wrong, as I really could care less as I'm a Saint's fan, but personally I wouldn't see a problem with it. He's fast as hell and he will be back in the NFL. I will assure you of that.

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