March 11, 2009

Vick must pay own way to court hearing

A bankruptcy judge in Virginia ruled Wednesday that imprisoned Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Vick must pay his own way to a hearing.

Vick is scheduled to be released May 21 from a federal prison in Kansas and would then be under house arrest in Hampton, Va., until July 20, the official end of his sentence, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

A hearing is scheduled in Virginia for April 2. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Frank Santoro said Vick must appear at his own expense.

Federal prosecutors, the Bureau of Prisons and the U.S. Marshals Service objected, because of the cost of transporting a prisoner and security issues.

Vick admitted running a dog-fighting operation at his home in Virginia. The NFL suspended him immediately after his 2007 guilty plea, but he hopes to restart his football career after his release.