So Michael Vick has been released from federal prison after serving 19 months for dog abuse.
Vick was prosecuted by an organization – the U.S. Justice Department – renowned for crafting legal rationales for torture.
Maybe if Vick had claimed that he was talking to the dogs – trying to get information out of them about Saddam and 9/11 – at the same time he abused them, the Justice Department would have given him a commendation instead of prosecuting him.
Vick’s case was settled by a plea agreement. It is a disgrace that judges accept such plea agreements as “voluntary,” since prosecutors ladle on so many charges that such deals are often the equivalent of a robber’s option: “your money or your life.”
American citizens rarely have the opportunity to pass judgment on the conduct of prosecutors. Legislators have assured that fewer people each decade can afford to risk total ruin by seeking a jury verdict.
What Vick did to dogs was despicable and he can rightfully be condemned for it by other Americans.
But to have the U.S. Justice Department preening itself on this case…. What a load of bunk.