OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A federal appeals court has overturned the conviction of a Texas man found guilty of attending a cockfight on American Indian land in Oklahoma during a 2006 raid.
The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled Monday in favor of Robert Langford of Wichita Falls, Texas, saying there is no federal jurisdiction for a victimless crime involving a non-Indian. In 2007, a jury convicted Langford, a non-Indian, in federal court of attending the July 2006 fight held on Indian land south of Carnegie.
According to the three-judge panel, states have jurisdiction over crimes on Indian land if neither an Indian victim nor Indian perpetrator is involved.