For far too long, the U.S. criminal justice system has sorely underappreciated and failed to recognize the legal acumen of lawyers of the four-legged variety.
That is, until last week, when the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that a Harvey man asked New Orleans police for a “lawyer dog” during an interview two years ago.
Justice Scott J. Crichton concurred with the 6-1 majority regarding the case of 24-year-old Warren Demesme and included in his opinion a transcription of Demesme’s request for legal representation.
“If y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up,” Demesme told police while being questioned about sexual assault and rape allegations, according to Crichton.
We believe the court rightfully ruled Demesme was asking for canine counsel and, in doing so, officially recognized that legal beagles can, in fact, be literal beagles.
Some have argued that he, along with the rest of the majority of the court, intentionally left out a pair of commas to offset “dog,” as though the suspect may have been addressing the officers as “dawg” while actually requesting a human lawyer. However, we believe the court rightfully ruled Demesme was asking for canine counsel and, in doing so, officially recognized that legal beagles can, in fact, be literal beagles.
We applaud the state Supreme Court for finally showing the rest of the world that, as in a case of dog bites man, sometimes the best advocate is a dog.
This ruling may very well open up a whole new genre of courtroom dramas. There’s already talk that Law & Order creator and executive producer Dick Wolf, who is obviously part canine, may launch a new iteration of his legendary franchise titled Paw & Order.
Additionally, suspects in police custody may finally get the representation they truly want. For instance, when someone tells a cop, “I want a lawyer bitch,” officers will now know that he or she would like to be represented by a female dog.