I Hope You’re Proud Of Yourself!
Hey Blog Guy, it’s September 14th. This is the day you announce the coveted annual I Hope You’re Proud Of Yourself! award.
You mean those morons who shouted that an uninsured guy should just be allowed to die? Good choice, Blog Guy!
Not so fast. Then I read about Steven Levine.
Maybe you’ve heard about the various programs around the country such as Four Legged Advocates, in which very special dogs are used to comfort children who have to testify in court cases.
That sounds like a great idea. Who is Steven Levine?
Blog Guy, don’t make me ask you again.
Steven Levine is a lawyer who has appealed his client’s conviction of raping and impregnating a 15-year-old girl on the grounds that a dog was used to comfort her during her testimony at trial. The girl testified with the aid of Rosie, a golden retriever.
That’s his argument? You’re making that up.
Sadly, I’m not. Levine says the use of the dogs can affect testimony.Their mere presence, he argues, could imply to a juror that a witness is telling the truth “because you don’t need to be comforted when you’re giving false testimony.”
Blog Guy. I normally attend the I Hope You’re Proud Of Yourself! awards banquet, but I don’t even want to be in the same room with that guy. I gather you agree with me that these fabulous dogs DO belong in a courtroom?
Golden retrievers? Hell yes, I think they belong on the jury!
Top: Andrea Cardona, founder of Florida’s Four Legged Advocates, trains canines to comfort kids who have to testify in criminal cases. Photo courtesy of Four Legged Advocates.
Left: screen grab of Rosie
Right: screen grab of Steven Levine
Bottom right: screen grab of Rosie