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Author Topic: Why Dogs Are Getting a Bigger Role in Courtrooms  (Read 200 times)
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« on: May 05, 2018, 10:31:28 AM »

Here's an interesting article I just came across

Around the country, certified facility dogs, better known as “courthouse dogs,” are taking the witness stand along with children and victims of violent crimes.

They provide comfort and a furry head to scratch during often very stressful proceedings.

These dogs can also help calm distressed jurors, as a yellow Lab named Turks did during the recent sexual assault trial of Bill Cosby.

Several states, including Arizona, Florida, Hawaii and Illinois, have legislation allowing dogs like Turks to accompany children and some adult crime victims on the witness stand.

 Massachusetts may be next.

Ellen O’Neill Stephens, a former prosecutor who founded the Courthouse Dogs Foundation, said it is an effort to make the criminal justice system more humane for children.

The full details here:

https://www.care2.com/causes/do-courthouse-dogs-really-sway-juries.html

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