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‘Cockfighting’ Statute Constitutional, Court Says (access required)

A federal statute that allows participation in “gamefowl derbies,” or “cockfighting” is not an unconstitutional extension of congressional power under the Commerce Clause, and the 4th Circuit upholds defendants’ convictions under the statute 7 U.S.C. § 2156. Defendant argues that animal fighting is inherently an intrastate activity that has no substantial effect on interstate commerce and ...

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