Bad Ideas: French Court Calls Dog to Witness Stand in Murder Trial

Imagine you’re in court, defending yourself against charges of murder. How would you feel if it turned out that your fate depended on how a dog responded to you? Or to put it more accurately, how the people in the courtroom interpreted how the dog responded to you?

That was the situation in a recent murder trial in Tours, France. During a preliminary hearing, the judge tried an experiment: Bring the victim’s dog to the witness stand and see how he reacted to the defendant. The defendant was given a baseball bat and told to gesture as if he were threatening the dog, Tango.

 

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