SURRY COUNTY, Va. - With word circulating suspended NFL Quarterback Michael Vickcould get out of prison as early as May 21, WAVY.com wanted to findout what Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter hadto say.
"Good for him...his sentence was fair and just...Am I glad he'sgetting out? I'm indifferent," Poindexter told WAVY.com.
Embattled Gerald Poindexter says in hind site he would donothing differently. Poindexter has been accused of dragging hisfeet and not bringing charges quickly against Vick.
"Not just dragging our feet, but doing something underhanded,"Poindexter added.
Wearing the scars of the Michael Vick Case, Surry CountyCommonwealth's Attorney Gerald Poindexter says Vick has paid hisdebt to society.
"I assume that he has paid his debt. That's what the federalcourt imposed. That's why we agreed to a suspended sentence andthat's the end of it," explained Poindexter.
Poindexter calls it "bothersome" the federal U.S. Attorney choseto intervene in the Vick case, suggesting "that the law enforcementin the county was corrupt or incompetent."
Poindexter also blames race for the feds involvement. That he,the prosecutor is African-American. The sheriff investigating thecase, Harold Brown is African-American, and Michael Vick isAfrican-American.
He said, "The feeling that these people are going to favor himand not prosecute him in the same way they would prosecute otherfolks because of his celebrity and because of his race."
Poindexter admits he's been hurt by the Vick case. Poindexterwon the November 2007 election, but the write-in candidate received42 percent of the vote.
Poindexter noted that though the case against Michael Vickshouldn't have had anything to do with the election, but feels itdid. He notes, "rumor and innuendo regarding [his] conduct and theconduct of the Sheriff" played a part.
Sheriff Harold Brown won his race in November with 54 percent ofthe vote against a relatively unknown independent candidate.
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