Michael Vick Is Not Named in Court Documents on Dog Fighting -- So What?
But one of the great things about the age we live in is that you can see those documents for yourself, not just rely on the media to summarize the documents for you. And if you look at a PDF of the document filed in U.S. District Court last week, you see that there's an extremely important line that renders the "Vick is not named" line meaningless.
The document specifies that "it does not include all of the information known by the government in this investigation." Of course, no one repeated that line, so many readers were left to think it's somehow meaningful that Vick's name isn't mentioned in the papers, when in reality the government has additional information not included.
That doesn't mean the investigators have strong evidence against Vick, either. The ESPN report that Vick is unlikely to be indicted may prove correct. But when you read the whole document and see the evidence removed from Vick's property of a "blood-stained fighting area" and the statement that "Many of the pit bulldogs recovered or observed in the search had scars and injuries consistent with injuries sustained in dog fighting," it's hard to understand why the filing has been portrayed as good news for Vick.