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The Oklahoman

Law on hold in 15 counties after ruling

ATOKA -- A temporary restraining order was issued for Atoka and Coal counties on Wednesday, bringing to 15 the number of counties in Oklahoma where lawmen are prohibited from enforcing the state's new cockfighting ban.

District Judge Doug Gabbard II issued the order on a motion filed by attorney Gerald Dennis, who is working in concert with Tulsa attorney Larry Oliver. Gabbard scheduled a temporary hearing injunction for Dec. 9. Atoka and Coal counties make up the 25th Judicial District.

Oliver has succeeded in getting prosecution stopped in eight other counties. Those are McCurtain, Choctaw, Pushmataha, Sequoyah, Adair, Cherokee, Wagoner and Muskogee.

Attorney Charles Milor received a temporary restraining order last week for Carter, Johnston, Marshall, Murray and Love counties.

The statutes that ban cockfighting and related activities resulted from the passage of State Question 687 in the Nov. 5 general election. Of the 15 counties where prosecution is stalled, the state question passed only in Wagoner County.