> United States
of America v. PURNELL A. PEACE, also known as "P-Funk" and
"Funk," QUANIS L. PHILLIPS, also known as "Q," TONY TAYLOR,
also known as "T," and MICHAEL VICK, also known as "Ookie,"
Phillips, 28, and Taylor, 34, are acquaintances of Vick with ties to the area
around the quarterback's hometown of Newport News, Va. Phillips played with
Vick at Ferguson High and later worked for Vick's marketing company, MV7.
Taylor's name was on the licenses for the Vick property on Moonlight Road in
Surry County, Va., that is at the center of the investigation. Ookie is Vick's
mother's nickname for him.
> In or about
May 2001, TAYLOR identified the property at 1915 Moonlight Road, Smithfield,
Virginia, as being a suitable location for housing and training pit bulls for
fighting. . . . On or about June�29, 2001, VICK paid approximately $34,000
for the purchase of [that] property. . . .
Vick, the first
player taken in the 2001 NFL draft, bought the 15-acre property 51 days after
signing a six-year, $62�million contract with the Falcons.
> In or about
early 2002, VICK, accompanied by PEACE, purchased approximately 4 pit bulls
from Cooperating Witness Number�1 (C.W. #1) in Virginia.
witnesses are mentioned in the indictment, none of whom are identified. "I
was surprised by the number of confidential witnesses," says William Frick,
an attorney in South Carolina who in 2004 successfully prosecuted David Ray
Tant, at the time considered the No. 2 dogfighter in the United States. "In
drug cases, people talk all the time. But in dogfighting cases people don't
talk unless you've got them over a barrel. You can have the dogs and all the
equipment, but a guy can say he is just a breeder. Getting that witness is
>In or about
early 2002, PEACE, PHILLIPS, TAYLOR, and VICK established a dog fighting
business enterprise known as " Bad Newz Kennels." At one point, the
defendants obtained shirts and headbands representing and promoting their
affiliation with " Bad Newz Kennels."
Bad Newz is the
street nickname for Vick's hometown. In the dogfighting subculture a brand name
and a reputation make for better business.
> In or about
the spring of 2002, PEACE, PHILLIPS, and TAYLOR traveled from Virginia to North
Carolina with a male pit bull named "Seal" to participate in a dog
fight against a male pit bull named "Maniac." . . . [ Bad Newz Kennels]
lost the purse when "Maniac" prevailed over "Seal."
doesn't give blow-by-blow details of any fights, but it's reasonable to assume
that Bad Newz and its opponents followed the so-called Cajun Rules, widely
considered dogfighting's bylaws. Three of the 19 Cajun Rules prevent an owner
from putting a substance on his dog that could impair an opponent. For example,
Rule 15: "No sponging shall be allowed, and no towels or anything else
taken into the pit by the handlers except a bottle of drink for his dog and a
fan to cool him with. The handlers must taste their [dog's] drink before the
referee to show that it contains no poison."