This is sweet:
"Our position has been that we are going to try to help Judge [Henry Hudson] understand all the facts and Michael's role," Vick's lead defense attorney, Billy Martin, said in telephone interview with the Associated Press. "Michael's role was different than others associated with this incident." Well, they got that right. (Quote courtesy of Sports Illustrated/CNN. To read that story, click on this link.)
So, Judge Henry needs help?
Maybe this will help.
In a paper titled Dog Fighting Detailed Discussion, by Hanna Gibson, published by The Animal Legal and Historical Center at Michigan State University College of Law, the culture of dogfighting is summarized for us "lay" people. (To read this publication, click on this link or visit this web site: www.animallaw.info)
Ms. Gibson outlines equipment and training materials, drugs (etc.), and bait. She talks about the violence and drug trafficking associated with these fights and peripheral criminal activity, types of dogs used, and the physical abuse of the animals. She also speaks to the sociology of dogfighting, and the self-justification of it. She speaks of denial, responsibility, injury, loyalties, and condemnation, as well as legal issues - and mentions 'busts' that have led to major drug trafficking networks. Perhaps most importantly, Ms. Gibson talks about the desensitization of a society.
For an understanding of dogfighting and a society that supports it, please read Ms. Gibson's short, but succinct, paper. Let's hope Vick's lawyers indeed help Judge Hudson understand Vick's role in perpetuating a violent society.