Are Emotional Support Dogs Creating Jury Bias

While more dogs than ever before are appearing in courtrooms as emotional support animals for prosecution witnesses, not everyone is happy about it. 

According to the AP, certain judges and many defense lawyers don't like the practice and believe it can cause jury bias. Specifically, they argue that the dogs "engender sympathy" and can victimize witnesses--thus interfering with the results of a trial. 

Unfortunately for them, canines in the courtroom are only increasing in popularity. There were only 41 "courthouse facility dogs" registered in 19 states in 2013, compared to the 155 dogs registered in 35 states currently. 

Here's a different situation....Judge Judy Lets a Dog Find its real owner... 

 

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