Judge John Trucilla meets with therapy dogs Jett, left, and True in his courtroom at the Erie County Courthouse in Erie, Pa., in 2015. The use of dogs to comfort prosecution witnesses in court is increasing across the country, despite concerns by defense lawyers that the animals can prejudice juries against defendants.
Judge John Trucilla meets with therapy dogs Jett, left, and True in his courtroom at the Erie County Courthouse in Erie, Pa., in 2015. The use of dogs to comfort prosecution witnesses in court is increasing across the country, despite concerns by defense lawyers that the animals can prejudice juries against defendants. Jack Hanrahan AP
Judge John Trucilla meets with therapy dogs Jett, left, and True in his courtroom at the Erie County Courthouse in Erie, Pa., in 2015. The use of dogs to comfort prosecution witnesses in court is increasing across the country, despite concerns by defense lawyers that the animals can prejudice juries against defendants. Jack Hanrahan AP

Some want comfort dogs in court on a short leash

April 05, 2018 02:37 PM