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2005-12-14 10:12:55 PM
Your dog wants tort reform?
 
2005-12-14 10:22:18 PM
Judge: Andi, you are being sued by Mr. Green for illegal search. How do you plead?

Andi: Arf!
 
2005-12-14 11:09:56 PM
I bet the dog is being sued because he was acting like a biatch.
 
2005-12-14 11:11:01 PM
My first greenlighted article!

/i just wet myself
 
2005-12-14 11:11:55 PM
"That dog could've done something to me or one of my attendants," said Wayne Francis Green, 46, of Albany, who filed the suit Nov. 18 in Athens County Common Pleas Court.

So, this dog is supposed to defend itself from what he "could've done"?

Stupid.
 
2005-12-14 11:15:52 PM
I heard his lawyer is a real pit bull!

/Roll over, Liberty!
//Good dog!
 
2005-12-14 11:17:13 PM
"Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help you Dog?"

"Woof"
 
2005-12-14 11:17:38 PM
The dog's lawyer had better be a man. A special kind of man. A ... Birdman.
 
2005-12-14 11:19:02 PM
Hey, Vern it's Ernest.
 
2005-12-14 11:19:18 PM
Hmmm...

Step 1.) Sue police dog because you felt threatened
Step 2.) Represent yourself
Step 3.) Profit?
 
2005-12-14 11:19:19 PM
Keith Moon: My first greenlighted article!

/i just wet myself


Congrats!
 
2005-12-14 11:22:07 PM
Old Boston?

/obscure, I think
//extremely dorky, for certain
 
2005-12-14 11:24:23 PM
can he negotiate a flea bargain?
 
2005-12-14 11:24:24 PM
I just wet yourself as well.
 
2005-12-14 11:24:47 PM
It would be awful nice if the reporter would have said what the cause of action was.

That dog could've done something to me or one of my attendants," said Wayne Francis Green...

Green, who is representing himself, alleges that a search of his furniture business in 2003 was illegal...

Green said Wednesday evening that he felt endangered by Andi's presence..."They've got a mean ol' dog, you know what I'm saying? I take that pretty serious,"...

Green's lawsuit, which seeks $450,000 in damages...


What's he claiming? Assault? Good luck proving intent on a dog. False imprisonment? Good luck proving it was without lawful justification, Mr. Drug Trafficker.

This is what happens when people -- plaintiffs and reporters -- get dollar signs in their eyes and forget about the law.
 
2005-12-14 11:25:19 PM



/haven't used PS in 5 years...
 
2005-12-14 11:27:06 PM
Suing a dog is nothing.

In a prior job (at a prosecuting agency), I accidentally sent out a subpoena to a police dog from a neighboring county that was involved in a criminal arrest. The file clerk from the sheriff's department called me to tell me that Sgt. Cujo would be, uh, "unavailable to testify". Being a bit dense, I said that the Sgt. did not put his vacation schedule on the paperwork, so that was too bad if he was "unable" to be there. She then laughed really hard, and I could hear many others on her end laughing with her, when it slowly dawned upon me why exactly it was that Sgt. Cujo could not testify.
 
2005-12-14 11:30:25 PM
This is what happens when people -- plaintiffs and reporters -- get dollar signs in their eyes and forget about the law.

Me thinks this furniture dealer who is representing himself has never learned the law to begin with.
 
2005-12-14 11:31:04 PM
I have come to realise that lawsuits like this are nothign more than cries for attention by people who are too afraid to cut themselves.

/arf
 
2005-12-14 11:35:21 PM
So what. My dog was charged and convicted of tax freud and prostitution. Let me tell you, NEVER BUY A PUGGLE!
 
2005-12-14 11:35:56 PM
Your dog wants a settlement.
 
2005-12-14 11:36:05 PM
defendant has more than a leg to stand on...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
 
2005-12-14 11:36:29 PM
This is what happens when mindless livestock are given ranks and titles.
 
2005-12-14 11:40:10 PM
Hmmm... So the guy's already been convicted on the 50 pounds of weed, now he wants to sue to make the evidence inadmissable, thus overturning his conviction, and he wants the dog "charged with several different felony counts." Oh, and he's acting as his own attorney, of course.

Are we sure this isn't another Weekly World News story?
 
2005-12-14 11:42:35 PM
this trial will be a little 'hairier' than usual!
 
2005-12-14 11:45:23 PM
"in lawsuit" seems like a pretty silly name for a police dog doesn't it? i thought they all had tough sounding names like rex or something.

/eh
 
2005-12-14 11:51:24 PM
dee_dub

It would be awful nice if the reporter would have said what the cause of action was.

In pro se actions, it is common for the complaint to be so poorly drafted that it is impossible to discern the cause of action. That was probably the case here: the reporter probably felt that s/he could not make one up.

You should see some prisoner suit complaints: it sometimes takes hours to just make the head or tail out of them.
 
2005-12-14 11:51:44 PM
Plaintiff claims defendant's treatment was "ruff".

/Thank you, I'll be here all week, try the veal.
 
2005-12-14 11:54:44 PM
Green said he wants prosecutors to look into the dog's actions.


"I want him charged with several different felony counts," he said.


How the heck do you felony convict a dog? At least with a civil suit he might get money out of it.

/wasn't hurt by the dog
//Green said Wednesday evening that he felt endangered by Andi's presence
///Dog was more threatened by him...
 
2005-12-14 11:56:25 PM
dee_dub: What's he claiming? Assault? Good luck proving intent on a dog.

You don't need to prove intent in a civil suit. Just damages.
 
2005-12-14 11:57:05 PM
Animals cannot be a party to the lawsuit.

The person responsible for the animal should be named--in this case the police department, or its head, depending on how Mass. sovereign immunity statute is termed.

If he alleges mere mishandling of the animal, maybe the cop who was with the dog at the hour.
 
2005-12-14 11:58:20 PM
charnov

i think it's more like this...

Step 1.) Sue police dog because you felt threatened
Step 2.) ???????
Step 3.) Profit!
 
2005-12-15 12:08:55 AM
 
2005-12-15 12:13:23 AM
Or maybe a lawyer working pro bone-o!

/did someone do this already?
 
2005-12-15 12:16:49 AM
I bet the dog planted all that dope.

/probably called him a [insert appropriate racial slur here].
 
2005-12-15 12:20:46 AM
In pro se actions, it is common for the complaint to be so poorly drafted that it is impossible to discern the cause of action. That was probably the case here: the reporter probably felt that s/he could not make one up.

Good call.

You don't need to prove intent in a civil suit. Just damages.

Actually, some torts DO require intent -- like both of the ones I named, assault and false imprisonment. Which is why I wondered what his cause of action was.

You can't "unintentionally assault" someone. Go ahead - try it. ;)
 
2005-12-15 12:22:57 AM
OK, let's say the dog ends up getting convicted of a couple of felonies. Would they send him to a human prison, as he was forced to appear in human court? If so, I imagine he would enjoy the company of the inmates, plenty of exercise. I bet the prison food is a step up from dog food.
 
2005-12-15 12:32:29 AM
 
2005-12-15 12:33:59 AM
4:11 It is illegal to abuse or interfere with a police dog
 
2005-12-15 12:45:32 AM
Manfred Richthofen
Animals cannot be a party to the lawsuit.


Yet, you can be charged with "Assaulting an Officer" if you strike a police dog. Go fig.

\double standard
\\double slashie
 
2005-12-15 12:48:56 AM
The real winner here? Green's lawyer. He knows damn well what's up.

1. Get law license, ad in yellow pages
2. Get large fee from asshat, file worthless suit
3. Profit
 
2005-12-15 01:26:06 AM
Maybe I could be swayed otherwise, but I've always thought the use of animals by the police was a strange relationship. I don't get how you give a dog or a horse all of the legal protections of being an officer, but none of the accountability.

If an actual police officer bit a suspect during apprehension, or subdued him with some kind of beartrap, that would no doubt be deemed excessive.

Muzzled dogs to track criminals and sniff out drugs and bombs? I would have no problem.

No matter how much training they have though, dogs and horses are ultimately accountable to their own natures. To use them as weapons and blockades in high pressure situations seems just seems wrong to me, especially when there isn't the same system of accountability tied to their actions.


/Shared a drink with a K9 officer once.
//It's amazing what you can learn about a person by simply being agreeable.
 
2005-12-15 01:28:04 AM
Methinks South has read neither article nor comments in thread.


Green, who is representing himself, alleges that a search of his furniture business in 2003 was illegal. He claims officers also went into an adjoining building that he owned without a warrant, but police deny it.
 
2005-12-15 02:26:26 AM
Further evidence of the german shepherd's total awsomeness. I'm telling you, get one and you'll never want any other breed. They're loyal, energetic and are great to raise with kids. Not to mention they'll bite a robber's face off, and then do the cute "tilt-my-head-at-a-45-degree-angle who, me?" thing...no jury could convict.

/love my Bruno
 
2005-12-15 03:25:43 AM
ifarkthereforiam

Judge: Andi, you are being sued by Mr. Green for illegal search. How do you plead?

Andi: Arf!


Most dogs just whine and look pitiful.
No jury would convict them.
 
2005-12-15 03:38:50 AM
Not being a lawyer myself I can't say for certain, but wouldn't charging an animal with something it could have done be akin to a butcher looking at you while he was cutting meat? Correct me if my logic is off here
 
2005-12-15 03:54:21 AM
Jimmee: Not being a lawyer myself I can't say for certain, but wouldn't charging an animal with something it could have done be akin to a butcher looking at you while he was cutting meat? Correct me if my logic is off here

The whole idea of charging a dog with a crime at all is ridiculous. And this asshat wants the dog charged with several felonies. What a dumbass. I'm sure the judge will skool him before sending him back to his cell.
 
2005-12-15 04:26:59 AM
SomeJerk

My dog was charged and convicted of tax freud and prostitution.

Is that when you fark the taxman instead of the other way round?
 
2005-12-15 05:34:46 AM
I'd like to sue every squirrel that's ever been in my front yard because of what they 'could have' done. Also, a plane could've crash landed on top of your store and killed you and all your associates, but you're not suing for that. wtf?
 
2005-12-15 07:18:16 AM

Dog will hunt!

 
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