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Tulsa World

Cockfighting advocates fire another round in battle
2/20/02

NEWS; CAPITOL

From the World Capitol Bureau

Opponents of a proposed state question to ban cockfighting in Oklahoma filed their reply Tuesday to an earlier filing by their opponents.

Those who oppose the initiative petition seeking a vote on the issue want a rehearing before the Oklahoma Supreme Court, which ruled that the petition has sufficient valid signatures.

In issuing its opinion, the court overruled one of its own referees, who had said the petition lacked the necessary valid signatures.

Tuesday's filing by attorneys representing cockfighting interests said it was intended to correct false impressions their opponents have attempted to give the court about the referee's report.

Tulsa attorney Larry Oliver and Oklahoma City attorney Lee Slater said the referee followed the law and had no choice but to declare the petition insufficient. They urged the court to reconsider.