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May 2008

Dear Fellow Animal Lover:

A supporter of the Richmond SPCA recently sent me a link to a news item in the Virginian Pilot. I am amazed, and disturbed, that the matter has received no news coverage that I can locate in the Richmond area or anywhere else for that matter.

The article disclosed that Bill Brinkman, a veteran deputy with the Surry County Sheriff’s Department who helped federal prosecutors convict Michael Vick along with three others for offenses relating to their dogfighting business last fall, was terminated from the Sherriff’s Department. According to the article, Brinkman said that his boss, Sheriff Harold Brown, told him a week into the investigation of Vick last spring that Surry Commonwealth’s Attorney Gerald Poindexter wanted him fired. Brinkman said he was released from his position in December, with no explanation from Brown. Brinkman said that he worked with federal agents in the case largely because he was uncomfortable dealing with Poindexter who often brought up “a racial angle” about the case and made accusations that the investigation was driven in part by race.

Brown acknowledged that the Vick case had something to do with Brinkman’s termination but Poindexter denied that he had sought to have him fired. Poindexter’s response to Brinkman’s allegations was as follows: “That is not true. Does that even begin to sound plausible?”

Yes, it most certainly does. We all watched Poindexter drag his feet on prosecuting Surry County’s celebrity resident. His reluctance resulted in the federal authorities bringing charges first. As those charges were pursued, Poindexter whined that he was somehow being prevented from filing separate state charges against Vick under the animal abuse laws. The state and federal charges are wholly different, the federal charges being based on interstate gambling, not on the abuses inflicted on the innocent animals. Once Poindexter was finally pressured by the public into actually doing his job by charging Vick with the state crimes, he has continued to play a delaying game. The trial has been pushed back to June 27 because Poindexter now says it is hard to get Vick here from prison. What?!

Michael Vick admitted in a sworn statement that he had killed at least one healthy, innocent dog himself with his bare hands. The dog’s offense was failure to fight viciously enough for the quarterback’s satisfaction. That his behavior was animal cruelty of the most depraved sort is unquestionable. For a prosecutor entrusted with the enforcement of our laws to be unwilling to aggressively prosecute a case of such obvious merit should not be tolerated by his constituents or by our state. Another valid question is why Brinkman’s allegations are not receiving news coverage that would shine a light on Poindexter’s failings. Here is the one news piece on the subject:

"Ex-Surry deputy says he had uphill fight in Vick case" The Virginian-Pilot, April 29, 2008

Robin Robertson Starr

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