History Main / MakeTheDogTestify

10th Feb '18 1:01:53 PM bwburke94
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** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' sees the triumphant return of this trope. Worth noting that it wasn't Phoenix's idea this time, it was a witnesses', specifically [[spoiler:[[SpeaksFluentAnimal Luke Triton.]]]]
--->'''Phoenix:''' The defense summons its new witness, Mister Cracker the Parrot!\\

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** ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsAceAttorney'' ''VideoGame/ProfessorLaytonVsPhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' sees the triumphant return of this trope. Worth noting that it wasn't Phoenix's idea this time, it was a witnesses', specifically [[spoiler:[[SpeaksFluentAnimal Luke Triton.]]]]
witness's.
--->'''Phoenix:''' The defense defence summons its new witness, Mister Cracker the Parrot!\\
27th Jan '18 4:42:14 PM nombretomado
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* The ''Franchise/PerryMason'' episode "The Case of the Perjured Parrot" had a parrot (voiced by MelBlanc) that was found along with a body and kept saying one phrase over and over. Not only was the parrot called to the stand, but Perry was actually allowed to cross-examine the bird. Somewhat justified in that it was only an inquest rather than an actual criminal trial.

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* The ''Franchise/PerryMason'' episode "The Case of the Perjured Parrot" had a parrot (voiced by MelBlanc) Creator/MelBlanc) that was found along with a body and kept saying one phrase over and over. Not only was the parrot called to the stand, but Perry was actually allowed to cross-examine the bird. Somewhat justified in that it was only an inquest rather than an actual criminal trial.
25th Jan '18 11:42:16 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver1985'': In "Rush to Judgement", Mac arranges to put a parakeet on the stand, with the elderly women who owned it acting as interpreter. In reality, the woman was the one who had witnessed the crime, but was too nervous to testify without using the bird as an intermediary.
28th Dec '17 1:02:39 AM Racoon7
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Even though most all animals cannot speak ''any'' language, the lawyer will still find a way to prove a crucial point from the animal's behaviour.

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Even though most all animals cannot speak ''any'' human language, the lawyer will still find a way to prove a crucial point from the animal's behaviour.
16th Dec '17 2:23:15 PM nombretomado
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* EliStone has a gay chimp on the stand. Yes. Really.

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* EliStone Series/EliStone has a gay chimp on the stand. Yes. Really.
4th Dec '17 12:50:58 AM Alex641
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* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'': Matlock uses a victims dog to prove the "witness" beat the dog within an inch of it's life while committing the crime of which his client was accused of (as the dog went ballistic at the sight of the witness). He then shows the fallacy of the trope afterwords by revealing that the dog was a trained attack dog and that it just goes ballistic.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': Jack [=McCoy=] has also brought a dog into a courtroom. The owners were training dogs to fight and their defence was that they had full control over the dog and it was a shock to them that it could ever be dangerous. In response, [=McCoy=] has the dog brought in (On a muzzle, completely under the control of animal experts) to prove the defendant had to know the dog posed a danger (as anyone who just saw the dog would conclude it was) and that keeping it made them responsible for the people it killed. The Judge does [[WhatTheHellHero call [=McCoy=] on it]] and forces [=McCoy=] to make a plea deal or he will declare a mistrial. [=McCoy=] gets his first offer by telling them he would take the mistrial instead.

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* ''Series/{{Matlock}}'': Matlock uses a victims victim's dog to prove the "witness" beat the dog within an inch of it's its life while committing the crime of which his client was accused of (as the dog went ballistic at the sight of the witness). He then shows the fallacy of the trope afterwords afterwards by revealing that the dog was a trained attack dog dog, and that it just goes ballistic.
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'': Jack [=McCoy=] has also brought a dog into a courtroom. The owners were training dogs to fight fight, and their defence was that they had full control over the dog dog, and it was a shock to them that it could ever be dangerous. In response, [=McCoy=] has the dog brought in (On (on a muzzle, completely under the control of animal experts) to prove the defendant had to know the dog posed a danger (as anyone who just saw the dog would conclude it was) and that keeping it made them responsible for the people it killed. The Judge does [[WhatTheHellHero call [=McCoy=] on it]] and forces [=McCoy=] to make a plea deal or he will declare a mistrial. [=McCoy=] gets his first offer by telling them he would take the mistrial instead.



* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok used a dog as a rebuttal witness in defense of Tom Paris. (Successfully, it should be noted.)

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* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok used a dog as a rebuttal witness in defense of Tom Paris. (Successfully, Paris (successfully, it should be noted.)noted).



* [[VigilanteJustice Vigilante justice variation]]: This is how Series/{{Dexter}} finds out that [[spoiler: Leon, and not the gang's no. 2,]] was responsible for [[spoiler: Brother Sam's death]] in season 6. [[spoiler: The dog did not bark at the assailant as seen on the security footage. The dog normally barks at everybody.]] Of course, since he kills [[spoiler: Leon]] by [[spoiler: drowning him in the ocean]], it may count as CharacterDevelopment.

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* [[VigilanteJustice Vigilante justice variation]]: This is how Series/{{Dexter}} finds out that [[spoiler: Leon, and not the gang's no. 2,]] was responsible for [[spoiler: Brother Sam's death]] in season 6. [[spoiler: The dog did not didn't bark at the assailant assailant, as seen on the security footage. The dog normally barks at everybody.]] Of course, since he kills [[spoiler: Leon]] by [[spoiler: drowning him in the ocean]], it may count as CharacterDevelopment.



* 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...

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* In ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' the sixth mission of ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'', "You Better Watch Out...", one target's dog dog, which normally follows him around his suite (if not taken care of), will be listed as a "witness" witness if it sees you make the hit. This means it somehow gives police a better composite sketch...



** In ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', he defends an ''orca''. [[spoiler:After the orca's trainer Sasha becomes the suspect, Phoenix later cross-examines the orca for trying to get a connection to both the current case and the events one year earlier. It goes as well as you'd expect.]] Sasha says she came to Phoenix for help specifically because she had heard about the parrot incident above -- she took the fact that he called a parrot as a witness to mean that he'd be the only lawyer willing to go out on a limb and take up an animal's defense.

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** In the DLC case of ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies'', he defends an ''orca''. [[spoiler:After the orca's trainer Sasha becomes the suspect, Phoenix later cross-examines the orca for trying to get a connection to both the current case and the events one year earlier. It goes as well as you'd expect.]] Sasha says she came to Phoenix for help specifically because she had heard about the parrot incident above -- she took the fact that he called a parrot as a witness to mean that he'd be the only lawyer willing to go out on a limb and take up an animal's defense.



* In WebVideo/AssistMe, [[VideoGame/{{Okami}} Amaterasu]] (played by a Pomeranian) speaks out against Doctor Doom in court for [[PokeThePoodle eating her treats.]]

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* In WebVideo/AssistMe, [[VideoGame/{{Okami}} Amaterasu]] (played by a male Pomeranian) speaks out against Doctor Doom in court for [[PokeThePoodle eating her treats.]]
18th Nov '17 12:01:36 PM Totema
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* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok used a dog as a rebuttal witness in defense of Tom Paris.

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* In one episode of ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'', Tuvok used a dog as a rebuttal witness in defense of Tom Paris. (Successfully, it should be noted.)
26th Oct '17 12:26:23 AM PaulA
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* In 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.

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* In Creator/AndreNorton's ''Literature/{{Catseye}}'', ''Literature/{{Catseye|1961}}'', 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.
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".
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