Obama Supports Michael Vick’s Second ChancePosted by Joyce Tischler, ALDF's Founder and General Counsel on December 30, 2010
President Obama’s strong statement of support for the Eagles’ hiring of Michael Vick and hollow rhetoric of “giving prisoners a second chance” suggests to me and other Americans that he has blinders on about the criminal atrocities committed by Michael Vick.
Vick’s felony conviction for dogfighting was not a one-time lapse of judgment. It extended over a period of at least six years in which, in addition to the violent and bloody training and fighting of the dogs, court documents show that Vick coldly approved of or assisted in executing dogs who did not perform well enough during the fights, by drowning, hanging, electrocuting or slamming them to the floor. In a civilized society, this savage abuse of dogs, who have no ability to protect themselves, is roundly condemned. Mr. Vick’s dead victims will never get “a second chance” and their torture, their terror and their violent deaths should not be trivialized, least of all by the President of the United States, my President.