Judge says Michael Vick should appear at bankruptcy hearing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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.)

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