History Main / MakeTheDogTestify

13th Aug '16 5:06:24 PM dotchan
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* In the world of Literature/{{Xanth}} where MixAndMatchCritters and sentient animals are the norm rather than the exception, even its inhabitants think the justice system is going too far when Roxanne Roc is brought to trial for cursing within the "hearing" range of the Simurgh's chick. [[spoiler: As it turns out, it was a SecretTestOfCharacter over whether the people of Xanth would choose ToBeLawfulOrToBeGood. The Demon Xanth, who rules Xanth and gives it magic powers, bet "Lawful", whereas another demon bet "Good".]]
27th Jul '16 3:37:37 PM margdean56
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* In 1994, when OJ Simpson's ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered, there was speculation that her Akita may have witnessed the crime. With that, there was further speculation that the dog would be brought into court to see if it would react violently to OJ, thus proving him to be the killer. Unfortunately, this tactic was never employed. One wonders whether or not this would have helped proven OJ guilty.

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* In 1994, when OJ Simpson's ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman were murdered, there was speculation that her Akita may have witnessed the crime. With that, there was further speculation that the dog would be brought into court to see if it would react violently to OJ, thus proving him to be the killer. Unfortunately, this tactic was never employed. One wonders whether or not this would have helped proven prove OJ guilty.
27th Jul '16 3:33:25 PM margdean56
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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]'s dog actually could, and did, testify at the end of ''Turn Coat''. And his testimony was accepted. It helps that he's a "Temple Dog" - a magical scion of a mortal canine and a Foo dog that can detect evil and is as intelligent as a human. The court was also made up of wizards who could verify that Mouse was as intelligent as he was claimed to be.

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* [[Literature/TheDresdenFiles Harry Dresden]]'s dog actually could, and did, testify at the end of ''Turn Coat''. And his testimony was accepted. It helps that he's a "Temple Dog" - -- a magical scion of a mortal canine and a Foo dog that can detect evil and is as intelligent as a human. The court was also made up of wizards who could verify that Mouse was as intelligent as he was claimed to be.



* The David Sedaris essay "A Can of Worms" is about how he overheard two men in a cafe wishing the nematodes that survived the space shuttle ''Columbia'' disaster could talk, so that they could tell us what went wrong.

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* The David Sedaris essay "A Can of Worms" is about how he overheard two men in a cafe café wishing the nematodes that survived the space shuttle ''Columbia'' disaster could talk, so that they could tell us what went wrong.



* In ''The Stray Dog and the Feral Cat'' by Yang Hongying, the titular characters are asked to testify that their friend, a pet dog, is beaten by a villain. Played for laugh mostly, but also have large importance in the plot.

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* In ''The Stray Dog and the Feral Cat'' by Yang Hongying, the titular characters are asked to testify that their friend, a pet dog, is was beaten by a villain. Played for laugh laughs mostly, but it's also have large importance in important to the plot.
27th Jul '16 3:28:05 PM margdean56
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* In one of Angus' short stories published on ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' a FunnyBackgroundEvent involves a lawyer telling a crook that a goldfish is going to testify, with the crook admitting he'd been GenreSavvy enough to try and kill it... [[WhatAnIdiot By drowning]].

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* In one of Angus' short stories published on in ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' a FunnyBackgroundEvent involves a lawyer telling a crook that a goldfish is going to testify, with the crook admitting he'd been GenreSavvy enough to try and kill it... [[WhatAnIdiot By by drowning]].
19th Jul '16 3:03:04 PM Vir
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* The cats from ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay''. Curiously enough, the defendant is [[PlutothePup Pluto]], a dog.

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* The cats from ''Disney/PlutosJudgementDay''. Curiously enough, the defendant is [[PlutothePup [[Disney/PlutoThePup Pluto]], a dog.
19th Jul '16 3:02:49 PM Vir
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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where ScoobyDoo makes a cameo appearance.

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* Used in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' where ScoobyDoo Franchise/ScoobyDoo makes a cameo appearance.
3rd Jul '16 4:26:58 AM Ramidel
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* In a since-removed bug in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the player could get arrested by the town guards if a horse or chicken saw the deed. Even if it is your own horse.

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* In a since-removed bug in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', the player could get arrested by the town guards if a horse or chicken saw the deed. Even if it is your own horse. Apparently, guards appreciate testimony [[{{Pun}} straight from the horse's mouth]].
26th Jun '16 6:01:44 AM Morgenthaler
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* Not a criminal trial, but similar: at the end of ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality On A Pale Horse]]'', we learn that Zane's performance as Death has been found to be excellent. The testimony of Mortis, his horse, is crucial to Zane's passing the evaluation.

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* Not a criminal trial, but similar: at the end of ''[[IncarnationsOfImmortality ''[[Literature/IncarnationsOfImmortality On A Pale Horse]]'', we learn that Zane's performance as Death has been found to be excellent. The testimony of Mortis, his horse, is crucial to Zane's passing the evaluation.
31st May '16 4:17:09 AM Doug86
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* In AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the authorities will have the {{Uplifted Animal}}s under probes to give evidence about espionage. Then they will kill them. Or so Zul argues, telling Troy that death is a MercyKill.

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* In AndreNorton's Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', the authorities will have the {{Uplifted Animal}}s under probes to give evidence about espionage. Then they will kill them. Or so Zul argues, telling Troy that death is a MercyKill.
4th May '16 9:07:24 PM JackG
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* Averted in ''To Catch A Killer'' (1992). The police notice that the tracker dog has taken the 'mourning position' over [[PunkInTheTrunk the trunk]] of SerialKiller John Wayne Gacy's car, which the dog did in a previous murder case. However they're told that in the previous case, it was not allowed as evidence.
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