East Tenn. Man Faces State, Federal Charges For Watching Cockfight

NEWPORT, Tenn. (AP) -- A man who was arrested for watching a cockfight is facing charges in both state and federal court.

Michael C. Webb wanted to contest the charges in state court but those charges were dismissed at the request of prosecutors who wanted to try the case in federal court.

On Friday, a Cocke County judge reinstated the state charges at Webb's request, but the move does not necessarily cancel the federal charges.

The double jeopardy rule does not prevent state and federal prosecution of the same offense.

If he is prosecuted in federal court he faces up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $15,000 if convicted.

In state court, he faces a maximum penalty of a $50 fine and 30 days in jail.

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