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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 1994 | ANN W. O'NEILL
Fourteen men arrested last month at a Panorama City cockfight were fined $972 each and placed on three years probation Thursday after pleading no contest to charges they participated in cockfighting. A 15th defendant entered his plea Monday, said Rick Schmidt of the city attorney's office. Municipal Judge Alan Ellis barred the men from possessing roosters or cockfighting paraphernalia while they are on probation.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 1994 | JULIE TAMAKI
Criminal charges were filed this week against two men accused of holding a cockfight in Sylmar and two other men accused of training fighting cocks that they planned to ship to Arizona and Mexico for sale. The Los Angeles city attorney's office charged Juan Munoz, 43, and Vincente Gudino, 35, both of Sylmar, each with a single count of permitting cockfighting.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Instead of offering an expected plea bargain to a man accused of raising cockfighting birds, a West Justice Center judge in Westminster on Monday set a Dec. 5 pretrial hearing and ordered a background check of the defendant. Magdaleno Hernandez, 33, of Garden Grove was prepared to plead guilty to possession of 123 fighting birds or chicks and related paraphernalia, said his attorney. But Superior Court Judge Michael S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 1989 | TOM GORMAN, Times Staff Writer
Eleven Pauma Valley men pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor charges that they were at a cockfight last summer that led to the seizure of 36 fighting roosters. The San Diego County Humane Society called the pleas by the large group of defendants "exceedingly rare," because cockfighting, though considered endemic in the backcountry, is such a clandestine affair that arrests are unusual. The men were arrested by sheriff's deputies July 24 after authorities, acting on a tip, surrounded the North County ranch where the men had gathered around a plywood arena to watch the birds fight.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 15, 1988 | JANICE ARKATOV
When she was a baby, Milcha Sanchez-Scott used to go to cockfights. "I was surprised when my father told me about it, because my parents aren't the kind of people who go to cockfights," said the recent Rockefeller Grant recipient, whose play "Roosters" opens Friday at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. "But in Indonesia, where I was born, it's like a religious ceremony." To research her play, Sanchez-Scott, 33, dutifully re-entered the world of cockfighting. "I was obsessed," she said frankly.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A sheriff's deputy interrupted a cockfight in Lancaster just as it was beginning Sunday morning, arresting 21 men and confiscating 93 fighting roosters, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Acting on a tip from a woman who reported seeing a van filled with men and hearing roosters crowing inside, the deputy broke up the event, which had been staged for bettors, just before 9 a.m.
NEWS
January 18, 1989 | DAVID SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
A spectator at a cockfight can be charged with a crime in California, the Supreme Court affirmed Tuesday. The justices rejected a challenge to a state law dating back to 1868 which makes it a crime for "any person who, for amusement or gain, causes any bull, bear, cock or other animal . . . to fight with like kind of animal or creature." Anyone who "aids, abets or is present at such fighting . . . as a spectator is guilty of a misdemeanor," according to the law.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 1989
A Los Angeles city board voted Tuesday to seek a change in state law that would give animal control officials the authority to destroy confiscated fighting cocks. The Board of Animal Regulation Commissioners voted unanimously to send a city representative to Sacramento to lobby for five changes in the law that would increase the penalties for cockfight promoters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 12, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Santa Barbara County authorities raided a suspected cockfighting operation in the Santa Maria Valley this week, finding more than 800 chickens and items allegedly used to stage lethal cockfights. Investigators believe roosters were bred at the ranch and sold over the Internet for up to $350 each. Nearly 500 of the fowl were roosters, but only 10 were confiscated as evidence, said Drew Sugars, spokesman for the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. Tuesday's raid also turned up cockfighting videos, magazines, trophies and spurs that are strapped to a rooster's leg during battle, Sugars said.
NATIONAL
January 27, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
A state senator hopes to revive cockfighting in the state by putting tiny boxing gloves on the roosters instead of razors. The state outlawed the blood sport in 2002 because of its cruelty to the roosters, which were slashed and pecked to death while human spectators bet on the outcome. But state Sen. Frank Shurden, a Democrat from Henryetta, has proposed that roosters wear the gloves and little lightweight vests configured with electronic sensors to record hits and help keep score.
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