August 15, 2007
A new sports anthem: Please pleas me
The news reports today indicate that two high-profile defendants from the world of sports are working on pleas:
- This AP article reports that "[f]ormer NBA referee Tim Donaghy planned to plead guilty in federal court on Wednesday to charges alleging he wagered on games he officiated."
- This SI article reports that "Michael Vick's lawyers are trying to negotiate a plea deal with federal prosecutors, in hopes of limiting the embattled Falcons quarterback's jail time and paving the way for a quick return to the NFL."
August 15, 2007 at 09:04 AM | Permalink
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I know there were some comments about this previously, but what do people think about Vick's potential Guideline range? It looks like application note 2 to 2E1.2 indicates that a base offense level of 12 should apply, because the underlying conduct violates Virginia law regarding illegal gambling, and therefore the offense level from 2E3.1 should apply. With a base of 12, if he pleads he'll get acceptance and get it knocked down to 10. Not sure if the government will get a leader enhancement on him. Any other thoughts?
Posted by: Steve | Aug 15, 2007 9:17:28 AM
Does anyone think that Michael Vick could lighten his sentence by agreeing to make public appearances to condemn the evils of dogfighting? Obviously, that would raise issues of special treatment etc.
Posted by: federalist | Aug 15, 2007 12:12:01 PM