Oklahoma Cockfighting Ban Blocked
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November 18, 2002Oklahoma Cockfighting Ban Blockedby The Associated
PressPosted on November 14, 2002A judge in McCurtain County
temporarily blocked enforcement of Oklahoma'sban on cockfighting on
Friday, saying the law recently approved by votersmay be
unconstitutional.District Judge Willard Driesel signed an order in
Idabel barring stateofficials and sheriffs of McCurtain, Pushmataha
and Choctaw counties fromenforcing the law until a hearing November
18th.Cockfighting Fact SheetThe law passed Tuesday "causes this court
great concern" about itsconstitutionality, Driesel's order said. The
ban could also cause thestate's roughly 50,000 cockfighters
irreparable harm, the order said.It was not clear whether Driesel's
order, which had been sought by theOklahoma Game Fowl Breeders
Association, blocked enforcement statewide orjust in the counties
mentioned. Driesel declined to comment.Copyright 2002 Associated
Press. All rights reserved. This material may notbe published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
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