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July 20, 2009

Michael Vick now a free man (subject to three years on supervised release)

This AP article, headlined "Ex-NFL star Vick released from federal custody," provides this update on the legal status of football's most famous federal felon:

Vick's attorney Lawrence Woodward told The Associated Press outside Vick's suburban Virginia home that the former Atlanta Falcons quarterback had been released from federal custody as scheduled. That means Vick no longer has to wear the electronic monitor he's had on while under home confinement for the last two months of his 23-month sentence.

Shortly before Woodward came out of the house, two men in a government car with a federal Bureau of Prisons folder on the dashboard paid a brief visit to the home. They carried a large case similar to the one that Vick's ankle monitor was delivered in when he started home confinement. The men declined to identify themselves or speak to waiting reporters....

Under the federal truth-in-sentencing law, Vick had to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence. He served the first 18 months in the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., before being transferred to home confinement in May.

While on home confinement, Vick — once the NFL's highest-paid player — worked a $10-an-hour construction job for a few weeks.  He switched jobs last month, assisting in children's health and fitness programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs.

Vick will remain on probation for three years.  He also is under a three-year suspended sentence for a state dogfighting conviction.

Technically, Vick is not "on probation" for the next three years, rather he is subject to federal "supervised release."  But I am not sure this legal labeling should matter much for football fans trying to figure out if Vick is worth a pick in their upcoming fantasy football drafts.

July 20, 2009 at 09:37 AM | Permalink

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Vick is not "on probation" for the next three years, rather he is subject to federal "supervised release."

For those of us curious about things other than fantasy football, what's the difference?

Posted by: anonymous | Jul 20, 2009 11:15:12 AM

Probation is a sanction imposed in lieu of a prison sentence. Supervised release is what happens after you are released from prison.

Posted by: Marc Shepherd | Jul 20, 2009 12:04:06 PM

There is an NFL poll running at www.tinyurl.com/vicknfl as to whether Mike Vick should be allowed to return to the game, go vote!

Posted by: Joe | Jul 20, 2009 6:22:54 PM

I believe in redemption!

Posted by: Stanley Feldman | Jul 20, 2009 7:45:08 PM

Supervised release is a government jobs program.

Posted by: John K | Jul 21, 2009 11:25:44 AM

"There is an NFL poll running at www.tinyurl.com/vicknfl as to whether Mike Vick should be allowed to return to the game, go vote!"

Concerns about disparity in the handling of ex-cons demand he be rendered all but unemployable now that he's "free."

So be sure to vote no.

Posted by: John K | Jul 21, 2009 11:28:49 AM

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