Dog helps rape victim testify

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The Dutchess prosecutor in that case, Matthew A. Weishaupt, argued that Rosie and dogs like her did not affect the substance of the testimony about horrifying crimes. “These dogs ease the stress and ease the trauma so a child can take the stand,” Mr. Weishaupt said in an interview.

Last paragraph is the bottom-line for me!
Of course our justice system has become an intellectual game play, protecting the guilty and another monetary-based corruption.

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That's sort of how I felt too...on the one hand it can be a great aid for the victim, especially a child, and give them the courage to testify.  Going on the stand is a scary thing for a little kid, whether they are the victim or not.  Having a dog there would be a huge comfort.  On the other hand, I can definitely see how it would invoke sympathy from the jury, which could sway their decision, at the very least make it difficult for them to remain impartial.  Then again, who doesn't have sympathy for a kid on the stand, dog or not!