August 13, 2007
The two remaining co-defendants of Michael Vick in a federal dogfighting case are scheduled to enter plea agreements Thursday.
Purnell Peace and Quanis Phillips are scheduled to appear in Richmond federal court on Thursday. Another of Vick's original co-defendants, Tony Taylor, pleaded guilty July 30th to his role in a dogfighting conspiracy he says was financed almost entirely by Vick.
Colin Spencer, a spokesman for Vick's defense team, says the lawyers were surprised by the plea deals.
Meanwhile the NFL says that the league has yet to complete its investigation of Vick and are not ready to announce a suspension. Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder is reportedly still gathering facts.
Vick has been charged with operating a dogfighting ring on his Virginia property. A jury trial is scheduled to begin November 26th.
Commissioner Roger Goodell banned Vick from reporting to training camp last month while the investigation continued. He could use the NFL's personal conduct policy to suspend Vick for the 2007 season.