Dog to take witness stand

September 13, 2008 · Print This Article

Dog takes the witness stand

Believed to be a world first, a dog named Scooby will appear as a witness in a French murder trial.  Scooby is believed to have been with his owner, a 59-year-old woman, when she was found hanging from the ceiling in her Paris apartment.  As such, he is the only “witness” to her death, which police believe was a suicide.  Her family demanded a murder trial.

Scooby was brought to the witness stand in a preliminary hearing to see how he would react to a suspect, and apparently he barked furiously. It is hoped he will be able to collar whoever committed the crime. But not everyone agrees Scooby’s testimony will be all that useful. One lawyer said “Human evidence is unreliable enough, let alone canine evidence.”

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