I'm a JD/MBA student and I am not surprised by the judge's ruling in federal court yesterday. Vick received a harsher sentence than any of his co-defendants. I do not think that the judge was sending a message to professional athletes or celebrities. I believe the severity of the sentence speaks to the nature of the crime, Vick's leadership in the criminal effort and his less than optimal cooperation with the court and behavior since his indictment left the judge with no alternative. The fiduciary principal of this criminal endeavor should receive the harshest sentence because he was the ultimate but for cause of the dog fighting ring. I believe that Vick is remorseful for his crime and intends to seek redemption from the public on a long term basis, but he certainly has it to do and the sentence sends a convincing message about the conduct for which he is now being punished.
What do you think? Should Vick have gotten more time? Less? Did his celebrity status amplify or diminish the amount of time a regular person would have received for the same crime with the same background? And even if Vick is rehabilitated in two years and in shape to play, is any owner crazy enough to hire him to play in the NFL again?