Falls Man's Conviction Overturned in Cockfighting Arrest

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.

According to court documents, about 70 people were cited during the raid and between five and seven of them were American Indians.