Judge Denies Vick's Request to Enter Plea Via Video

Judge wants Vick to enter plea in person

A Virginia judge denied Michael Vick's request to enter a guilty plea on state dogfighting charges via two-way videoconference and ordered him to appear in person on November 25.

Surry County Circuit Judge Samuel Campbell said today he believed it would be in the best interest of the state and the NFL quarterback to have him enter his plea in person. He cited the high-level public interest in the case as the reason for his ruling.

Vick's lawyers wanted him to enter the plea by video from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Vick is serving a 23-month prison term after pleading guilty to a federal dogfighting conspiracy charge.  Campbell agreed to consider changing the plea date if Vick's lawyers run into scheduling problems.

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