Response to man's plea for 'lawyer dog' has internet barking

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Posted: Nov 03, 2017 3:14 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Did a suspect ask for a lawyer dog? Or did he call a detective "dog," while seeking a lawyer?

A Louisiana Supreme Court justice appears to side with the canine lawyer interpretation.

Defense lawyers say the confession of Warren Demesme (deh-MEHZ-mey) in a New Orleans rape case should be suppressed because he asked for counsel during an October 2015 interrogation. He told investigators, "Why don't you just give me a lawyer dog ..."

Louisiana's Supreme Court allowed the confession. The majority issued no written ruling, but Justice Scott Crichton (KRAY'-tuhn) issued a separate opinion saying Demesme's "equivocal reference to a 'lawyer dog'" didn't merit stopping interrogation.

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Online court watchers have ridiculed Crichton's opinion, which went beyond prosecutors' arguments. Prosecutors had not suggested that Demesme was seeking a canine attorney.