Give Vick (and everyone else) a chance!

Give ex-cons who’ve paid their debt a fair chance.

Give a guy a break. Michael Vick is free, and ready to start over.

The way I see it, he is no different than any of my clients who do wrong, and pay their debt to society. He admitted his guilt, and paid his price. It should be over!

I see people commit violent crimes, such as aggravated battery (which means using a deadly weapon, causing serious injury, or hitting a pregnant woman). I see people threaten others with guns and knives. I see oodles of domestic violence cases.

Those are crimes against HUMAN BEINGS.

Was Vick’s prosecution a response to public outcry and lack of perspective? I certainly think so, but that is water under the bridge. He accepted his sentence and served it without a hitch. And, now he should be welcomed back into society like any other ex-con.

The measure of the man will be what he does with his second chance. That’s the measure of anyone in his situation. If he avails himself of it, then he has been rehabilitated, and case closed. Time will tell. Until then, leave him alone. And give everyone who has paid their debit to society a fair chance.

Author: Joe Bodiford

Tallahassee criminal defense attorney. Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Advocacy, and AV* rated by Martindale-Hubbell. Former adjunct professor of law and co-director of the Trial Team at Florida State University College of Law; former adjunct professor of law at Stetson University College of Law (Florida criminal procedure, Trial Advocacy). Curator of Advocacy Underground. Practicing in the area of State and Federal Criminal Trial and Appeals. Visit us at!