I have several thoughts/suspicions about Mr. Vick's motivations for early surrender:
- He is seeking a more lenient sentence from Judge Henry Hudson in December; though it's been suggested Vick receive a minimum a 12-18 month sentence, Judge Hudson need not abide by those recommendations - sentencing can be more or less.
- Considering that Vick violated terms of his release by testing positive for marijuana in a September random drug test, it's very possible Vick suspects he may be on the outs with the Judge and is trying to make amends in hopes of a shorter sentence.
- Vick's surprise actions today might also have been a way of averting revived and intensified public outrage nearer the December sentencing date, possibly leading to stiffer sentencing. Smart play by Vick and his attorney Billy Martin.
- If Vick did receive an 18-month sentence (or is eligible for release at 18 months), his release would allow him to participate in pro pre-season training. Vick's career might be back on track.
I guess we'll find out in December to what degree good Judge Hudson (U.S. District Court) believes truly heinous behavior should be punished, and who is worthy of being punished.
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