Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/10/12
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Suspended New Orleans linebacker Jonathan Vilma appeared in federal court Friday, where a judge will hear arguments on the league's motion to throw out his lawsuit that would overturn his bounty suspension, according to multiple reports. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan declined to rule on the case Friday. She told lawyers that she wanted to rule, but had concerns whether she could do so legally before another hearing on Aug. 30. At that time, an appeal will be heard on an arbiter's June ruling, when it was decided that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has the authority to punish Saints players for their parts in the bounty system. The most significant development, according to ESPN legal analyst Roger Cossack, was that Berrian indicated that she wants to rule in Vilma's favor, but wasn't sure she could do so in accordance with the players' contracts with the NFL. Cossack further said that the judge believes Goodell's penalties were too severe and didn't fit the crime. Vilm...
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