Defense Lawyers Call Courtroom Comfort Dogs a Distraction

As dogs and other animals increasingly are used in courts to comfort and calm prosecution witnesses, a few voices are objecting, saying they could bias juries. The use of dogs in courts has spread quickly across the U.S. with a growing number of laws and rulings in its favor. There are now more than 155 “courthouse facility dogs” working in 35 states.

Supreme Court Rules for AZ Officer in Shooting Case

A divided Supreme Court says that a University of Arizona police officer deserves legal immunity for shooting a woman four times after she refused to comply with officers and approached her roommate with a knife. Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the ruling “tells officers that they can shoot first and think later.”