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Vick Pleads Not Guilty

Michael Vick arrives at a Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Virginia Michael Vick arrives at a Federal Courthouse in Richmond, Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Michael Vick pleaded not guilty on Thursday to federal dogfighting accusations and was released conditionally without bond until a November 26th trial.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback and three others entered their pleas in U-S District Court in Richmond to conspiracy charges involving competitive dogfighting, procuring and training pit bulls for fighting, and conducting the enterprise across state lines.

Federal prosecutors allege the operation -- known as Bad Newz Kennels -- operated on Vick's property in Surry County. U-S Magistrate Dennis Dohnal, in releasing the defendants without bond, said the judicial system is grounded on the principle that a defendant is innocent until proven guilt "no matter how heinous the allegations may be."

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