20,000 birds died in SC cockfighting

Wednesday, Aug 4, 2010 7:39 AM
Last updated 9:28 AM
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COLUMBIA — Federal court documents show more than 20,000 roosters fought to the death at a South Carolina cockfighting ring over the past 18 years.

The State newspaper reported the documents surfaced Tuesday during the sentencing of a cockfighting operator.

The documents say 14 fighting derbies were held each year in Swansea, about 20 miles south of Columbia. Prosecutors said in court filings that more than 20,300 birds were killed during the 18 years of the cockfighting operation.

U.S. District Judge Cameron Currie sentenced 52-year-old Jimmy Collins of Duncan to 21 months in prison. He also was fined $5,000. The newspaper said prosecutors had hoped the numbers would convince Currie to impose a longer sentence.

Collins is appealing his conviction.

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reader54
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reader54 08/04/10 - 08:06 am
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I've never been to a

I've never been to a cockfight but I think that a Gamecock would rather die in the ring than stuffed in cages so tightly that they can't move while waiting on the meat processor. :)

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disssman 08/04/10 - 08:30 am
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Was he jailed for killing

Was he jailed for killing birds or for gambling? We really need to severly limit the competition to the lottery, which isn't gambling at all. BTW what happens to a horse who is driven so hard he breaks a leg during the Aiken races or the Kentucky Derby?

bettyboop
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bettyboop 08/04/10 - 08:51 am
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Just how does one "appearing"

Just how does one "appearing" a conviction?

justus4
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justus4 08/04/10 - 09:22 am
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Oh, the prosecutors wanted a
Unpublished

Oh, the prosecutors wanted a "longer sentence" thinking that a judge would be influenced by the large number of dead fighting birds. That scheme only works on sentences for U know who, not on guys like this Collins who was only passing the time. Why didn't the prosecutors work the dollar amount angle, by giving amounts of gambling debts and gambling bets on such gang activity? That would have been the simple approach to demonstrating the harm done by this ring of criminals, so their commitment to seeing real justice in this case is really questionable. It appears to be convenient justice.

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1beachbum 08/04/10 - 09:23 am
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"The newspaper said

"The newspaper said prosecutors had hoped the numbers would convinced Curry"
Betty, I guess no one spell checks anymore!

CATFISHSTEW
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CATFISHSTEW 08/04/10 - 09:53 am
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bettyboop If you go back

bettyboop If you go back and read it again.....he's appealing not appearing....you have to appear to appeal oops brttyboop.

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montega12 08/04/10 - 10:15 am
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who cares about some chickens

who cares about some chickens 20,000 so what... you people make me sick how many MILLIONS of unborn babies have we killed in the last few years...you people need to really reevaluate your ethics

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55 F-100 08/04/10 - 10:18 am
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That's still only 40,600

That's still only 40,600 chicken-tenders.

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double_standard 08/04/10 - 12:10 pm
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Justus you hit the nail on

Justus you hit the nail on the head. What happen to the RICO act or even better where's peta. I guess they pick and choose their battles.

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