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Response to a New Orleans man's plea for 'lawyer dog' has internet barking

5 years 3 weeks 3 days ago Friday, November 03 2017 Nov 3, 2017 November 03, 2017 3:06 PM November 03, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS- Did a suspect ask for a lawyer dog? Or did he call a detective "dog," while seeking a lawyer?
A Louisiana Supreme Court justice appears to side with the canine lawyer interpretation.
Defense lawyers say the confession of Warren Demesme in a New Orleans rape case should be suppressed because he asked for counsel during an October 2015 interrogation. He told investigators, "Why don't you just give me a lawyer dog ..."
Louisiana's Supreme Court allowed the confession. The majority issued no written ruling, but Justice Scott Crichton issued a separate opinion saying Demesme's "equivocal reference to a 'lawyer dog'" didn't merit stopping interrogation.
Online court watchers have ridiculed Crichton's opinion, which went beyond prosecutors' arguments. Prosecutors had not suggested that Demesme was seeking a canine attorney.

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