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The Mrs. Fields Mental Defense for dogs

by Diane Harrison / September 26, 2004 2:58 PM PDT

This may not be as funny to those of you who are unfamiliar with mental health issues, but I found it quite amusing, having to deal with those issues at work all the time.

This is a real case (People v. Malgren). that involves a tracking dog named "Sarge," who was tracking a suspect in a marsh area. Apparently Sarge decided to take the phrase a bit literally, and took a bite not only out of crime, but nailed the suspect as well. This is commentary from the court case involving the "mental state" of Sarge, as to whether he acted responsibly in biting the suspect. The Static-99 and Rorschach Tests are used frequently in criminal cases to determine, among other things, the level of aggression or violence we might expect from the individual taking the tests. Sometimes the court participants do indeed have a good sense of humor as witnessed by this exchange reference the alleged bite:

"After giving Sarge [the dog] the Static-99 and Rorschach Tests, it
is my expert psychological opinion that he is not suffering from
anti-social personality disorder, but rather mild obsessive-compulsive
disorder, combined with excessive cookie consumption, such that he
experienced a diminished capacity to bite defendant at the moment
defendant was cornered."

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(NT) (NT) Rorschach a dog? LOL!
by Bill Osler / September 27, 2004 9:33 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Re: I find this hilarious
by MKay / September 27, 2004 9:37 AM PDT
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LOL ... but crying on the inside
by drpruner / October 4, 2004 8:58 AM PDT

Aren't you the ADA? Then you probably remember or learned about the "####### defense" in the Moscone murder trial in SF some years ago. And I believe it worked, as to reduced sentence (although the defendant committed suicide after his release).

Proving that dog imitates art? Life imitates dog? Happy

(If you see ####### above, it's because Net Nanny edited my use of the well-known jailhouse term for boy toy.

Regards, Doug in New Mexico (still a lawless state in some aspects)

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What did the dog think the ink blot was?
by Kiddpeat / October 5, 2004 4:48 AM PDT

or did it just sit there looking dumb? Devil

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