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1st Sep '17 12:10:42 AM PaulA
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* In ''The Voyages of Literature/DoctorDolittle'', a dog called as a witness saves an innocent man from a murder charge, thanks to the doctor's ability to understand AnimalTalk, which allows him to serve as an interpreter. First though the doctor proves he can speak to animals by interrogating the judge's dog about what was the judge doing last evening (a testimony the judge hastily interrupts, embarrassed.)

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* In ''The Voyages of Literature/DoctorDolittle'', ''Literature/TheVoyagesOfDoctorDolittle'', a dog called as a witness saves an innocent man from a murder charge, thanks to the doctor's ability to understand AnimalTalk, which allows him to serve as an interpreter. First though the doctor proves he can speak to animals by interrogating the judge's dog about what was the judge doing last evening (a testimony the judge hastily interrupts, embarrassed.)
6th Jun '17 11:36:16 AM bfunc
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* Maybe not as ''witnesses'', but animals (and even inanimate objects) can be named as ''defendants'' in a trial as a kind of shorthand for "v. John Doe, unidentified owner of (object)". This leads to cases like the (real) "Harrods Ltd. v. Sixty Internet Domain Names".
6th Jun '17 11:15:06 AM bfunc
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** According to Mr. Slant, a zombie lawyer who's over 300 years old and therefore knows most of the city's legal history, other animals have been put on trial as actual defendants. Including ''[[UpToEleven a swarm of bees]]''! That's Ankh-Morpork for you.

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** According to Mr. Slant, a zombie lawyer who's over 300 years old and therefore knows most of the city's legal history, other animals have been put on trial as actual defendants. Including ''[[UpToEleven a swarm of bees]]''! That's Ankh-Morpork for you.[[note]]This can actually happen in real life, at least in the US, though it's a bit different than what you're probably imagining ... it's mainly a shorthand form of "v. John Doe, an unidentified owner of (thing)".[[/note]]
8th Apr '17 4:50:30 PM nombretomado
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* On ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Karl Pilkington tells a story, where a series of thefts from an office were supposedly solved by putting the suspects in the same room as a ''houseplant'' from the scene of the crime. The houseplant supposedly "reacted" to the thief's presence.

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* On ''TheRickyGervaisShow'', ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'', resident {{Cloudcuckoolander}} Karl Pilkington tells a story, where a series of thefts from an office were supposedly solved by putting the suspects in the same room as a ''houseplant'' from the scene of the crime. The houseplant supposedly "reacted" to the thief's presence.
15th Mar '17 11:47:54 AM eldiablo555
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* Taken completely literally in the CourtroomEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/MarthaSpeaks''. The dog hating Mrs. Demson is trying to sue someone who wrecked her lawn furniture and Martha (a talking dog) is the only witness.
13th Jan '17 10:04:12 PM Doug86
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* In the 1994 remake of ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'', the prosecution brings in a reindeer as a "witness," challenging Mr. Kringle to make it fly. Kringle admits that he can't--"he only flies on Christmas Eve!" Cue laughter.

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* In the 1994 remake of ''Film/MiracleOn34thStreet'', ''Film/MiracleOnThirtyFourthStreet'', the prosecution brings in a reindeer as a "witness," challenging Mr. Kringle to make it fly. Kringle admits that he can't--"he only flies on Christmas Eve!" Cue laughter.
7th Jan '17 11:35:24 PM Ramidel
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* During the ReignOfTerror in France, one parrot was put on the stand to testify regarding its owners' royalist sympathies. It kept repeating "[[NotInFrontOfTheParrot Long live the King! Long live the priests! Long live the nobles!]]" in open court, and they got the guillotine.
30th Dec '16 4:38:28 PM Gosicrystal
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30th Dec '16 4:38:14 PM Gosicrystal
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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' the target's dog will be listed as a "witness" if it sees you make the hit. This means it somehow gives police a better composite sketch...
* 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]]. [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=012312 This was used]] in ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie''
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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' the target's dog will be listed as a "witness" if it sees you make the hit. This means it somehow gives police a better composite sketch...
* 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]].
** [[http://awkwardzombie.com/index.php?page=0&comic=012312 This was used]] in ''Webcomic/AwkwardZombie''
30th Dec '16 4:32:13 PM Gosicrystal
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A specific CourtroomAntic. An animal is called to the stand to testify. It seems that in fictional courts, there AintNoRule.

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A specific CourtroomAntic. An animal is called to the stand to testify. It seems that in fictional courts, [[LoopholeAbuse there AintNoRule.
is no rule against that]].
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