Excerpt: “…. In State v. Dye, the Washington Supreme Court threw prosecutor’s a bone in ruling that use of a facility dog (assigned to the court house to provide comfort to witnesses) was not unduly prejudicial and did not violate the defendant’s right to a fair trial. Washington state has been at the forefront of using canines in court. King County started using them in 2004 and since then, “34 specially trained dogs are at work in 17 states….” [Link to full blog post.]‘
New marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado raise the bar for dog training: Here’s a blog post from the Gallagher Law Library (UW) blog:
The blog post also includes a reference to a recent Oregon Law Review article: “The current issue of the Oregon Law Review (available free in PDF) is a symposium on drug policy. It includes Jane Bambauer, Defending the Dog, 91 Or. L. Rev. 1203 (2013). The author says “This short essay makes the uneasy case for the narcotics dog….”
LLRX article: Canine Detection Evidence, by Ken Strutin, Published on September 25, 2010
Excerpt: “For nearly 15,000 years dogs have lived with and served humankind as companions, hunters, shepherds and most recently detectives. The average canine possesses hundreds of millions of receptors for odors, compared with a few million for humans. 3 Their outstanding sensory endowment, olfaction, makes dogs sought after by law enforcement. And in the last century, the cultivation and harnessing of this ultrasensitive faculty has become a part of many facets of criminal investigation.
In case you missed this post at Above the Law about: “Yale Law School Going to the Dogs”
3 Geeks and a Law blog have something to say about it, too: “But, what about those of us (especially librarians) that are cat people? Bird people? Fish people? Turtle or reptilian people?? Where’s the love and diversity for those of us that don’t like dogs??”
(To each his/her own stress-buster, including blogging, which can be a great way to get it out of your system. Woof.)
Don’t forget, you can also check out a librarian at some libraries 🙂
Who said legal research wasn’t fun? Not I.
Dog Law, and its companion, Neighbor Law, are good tests of your own peacemaking and diplomatic skills.