"There was no way for me to cross-examine the dog."
August 8, 2011 1:14 PM Subscribe
posted by Etrigan (206 comments total)
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Rosie is an adorable golden retriever, trained as a therapy dog to help calm the stressed. She recently made an appearance in a courtroom to help a 15-year-old girl testify against her father in an incest case. The father was convicted, and his lawyers are now appealing the conviction
on the grounds that Rosie was just too darn cute.
Specifically, the lawyers argue that Rosie lent added weight to the girl's testimony, and point out that stress can also come from lying under oath. The appeal will likely affect other cases that have hinged on therapy-animal-supported testimony.