Wednesday March 11, 2009
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A judge says suspended NFL star Michael Vick should appear in person at a bankruptcy hearing in Virginia and pay his own way from a Kansas prison.
At a hearing Wednesday in Norfolk, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Santoro rejected the government's objection to Vick's appearance at the April 2 hearing. Officials have cited the cost and logistics of transporting Vick from the federal prison at Leavenworth, where he is serving time for a dogfighting conviction.
The U.S. attorney's office had suggested Vick could testify by video.
But Santoro flatly rejected that, saying he couldn't properly assess Vick's credibility and demeanor over a television. Santoro also said taxpayers should not have to pay the former Atlanta Falcon quarterback's travel expenses.
(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.