Doggie Witness Support Person?

I don’t know how I came across it, but this website has some reallly interesting articles. For example, this article posted the other day raised an idea I never considered. What if an alleged victim was allowed to have a doggie, instead of a person, as her witness support “person”? Apparently it happened in the case referenced in the article.


Jane Doe would make a really good doggie support person.

California’s Penal Code section (868.5) that authorizes a witness support person specifically says the witness may have up to two “persons” as support. Does “persons” include doggies? Doubtful. That said, if a judge allowed it with no statutory authority does a defendant have any legal ground to stand on to oppose it? I’m no expert, but my guess is that as a defendant accused of a terrible crime, I would be worried that having the alleged victim testify with a cute doggie next to her might elicit more sympathy and emotion from the jury than if a human being was next to her. Just a thought.

Your Daily Doggies

Adorable story on yahoo news today. Researchers found that people with empathy are likely to yawn when someone else yawns. They found that Doggies were five times more likely to yawn if their owner just yawned than if a stranger just yawned.  Therefore, by the transitive property, doggies are just as empathetic as people.  I heart doggies.  Here is Jane Doe yawning:


She is so cute.

In other Corgi news, Sutter Brown — Governor Jerry Brown’s Corig–got his own feature on Buzz Feed recognizing his great contributions to Public Service and the State of California. Sutter Brown is not as cute as Jane Doe, but it is always great to see Corgis being publicly recognized for their good work.  If you do not know, Sutter Brown has his own page on the California Governor’s Website (his office is listed as “First Dog”), twitter and facebook. Jane Doe is too busy looking for food to deal with facebook and twitter.  I suspect if she tweeted it would be “bring me steak xoxo.” It should be noted that the media is terribly breedist when it comes to dogs. There are always cute corgi stories in the news and ones about how pitbulls killed children or were victims of a dog fighting ring.  Never cute pitbull stories.  Pitbulls are loveable cute doggies too it’s a shame they get such a bad rap because of a few irresponsible owners!


Sutter Brown Charming the Media. Better than Clinton.

I love me a good Mocha!

Cute corgi puppy seeing her reflection in the mirror for the first time.  Cutest part at 53 seconds.  Shoutout to a JJC reader for the tip!!  Sometimes videos of corgi puppies make me sad because I rescued Jane Doe at 1 years old and I think she would have been the world’s cutest puppy.  But, then I remember I’m watching a video of a corgi puppy and feel happy!

JJC hearts Rescues!

It is no secret that JJC hearts pembroke welsh corgis and that JJC is a proud parent to the world’s cutest sweetest pembroke welsh corgi.

That said, JJC does not endorse puppy mills, backyard breeders, or buying from a breeder when you can rescue a corgi or any other dog in need.

Thus, JJC wants to give a shout out to the Golden Gate Pembroke Welsh Corgi Fanciers Rescue. And, per a JJC twitter follower, a shout out to Hearts United for Animals, a no kill shelter in Nebraska that rescues and brings back to health dogs from across the country.

If you ask me, my husband and I rescued Jane Doe. She was one year old when she came to live with us.  She lived with a really nice family, but they had 2 older evil corgis who were very mean to Jane Doe. If you can’t tell, Jane Doe is the cutest sweetest corgi ever.  Here is a photo from the first day we met her:

 These two older corgis were jealous.  So Jane Doe had to live outside in a fenced area while the older corgis lived inside.  It was kind of unclear why the woman had Jane Doe but wanted to give her up after less than a year.  I believe she wanted to show her at dog shows (I’m telling you, this bitch [Jane Doe] is beautiful) but she is very timid and also has a few defects on her eye.  So, she wouldn’t make a good show dog. She has, however, made the best companion we could ask for. We actually call her goody four paws because she is such a good dog.  She has a best friend, a 10 year old golden retriever named Lucy Lnu.  Lucy Lnu is the sweetest dog in the world after Jane Doe.  But, she can be mischievous at times. If Lucy Lnu gets in trouble,  Jane Doe will run right up to you as you’re scolding Lucy Lnu as if to say “look at me, I didn’t do anything wrong!” Jane Doe is very innocent.

Jane Doe and Lucy Lnu Snuggling in their Doggy Hammock on a Road Trip

Daily Dose of Juice, Justice and Corgis

Today’s Juice

I finally got my hands on the 33 page (that is pretty long) indictment against RHONJ Theresa Giudice and her hubby. It ain’t pretty.  And the pulitzer goes to BuzzFeed for the best coverage. Even I don’t have the patience to analyze the indictment like that! Sadly (?) Joe Giudice is not a USC (united states citizen for those not used to regularly filling out client interview forms) so he could face deportation if convicted, in addition to prison.

The long and short of  it is they are accused of lying to get loans (e.g. she allegedly reported income from a job she didn’t have and also allegedly presented a fake tax return) from as far back as the early 2000s.  They are also accused of lying in bankruptcy filings and hiding money and assets from creditors in those proceedings.

*UPDATE*She hired this guy to defend her. Former AUSA. Member of all the right associations and organizations.  Super Lawyer. Clerked for a federal judge. Don’t know anything about him besides what I read, but what I read seems like he’s legit.

JJC VERDICT: I mean I am not a fan of prison or deportation. At the same time, maybe it is because I have seen  how mean Teresa and Joe are on the show, or because this is essentially fraud for pure greed–to keep up with their ridiculously lavish lifestyle–but I really don’t feel bad for them.  I don’t know, if you feel differently and think I should too, let me know why. I’ll keep my pitty-meter open. Tip for Teresa: when you get upset, you cannot flip counsel table at the jury.

Today’s Justice

Rough day for contra costa county judges.  You heard here first that Judge Maddock (pictured above…to be fair some defense lawyers have said good things about him in the past, but his ruling in this case was truly terrible) was reversed.

On the same day, Judge Bruce Mills was publicly admonished for judicial misconduct by California’s Commission on Judicial Performance.  His offense? His son got a ticket for smoking, his son was supposed to do community service for said ticket, his son failed to do community service (in his defense he was in an out of state rehab), so ole papa Mills walked down the hall and badabing badaboom his son was good to go with a different commissioner who accepted Judge Mills’ representation that his son was in rehab as proof of completion of the community service.  So how did he get caught? Well, what had happened was he went to his son’s arraignment on the ticket with him and that commissioner had beef with Judge Mills over some kind of Judge race that I was too bored to read the details of. Long story.  Judge Mills was so bitter about the beef that he expected that commissioner to recuse himself.  When he didn’t, Judge Mills did not paper him. So that commissioner told the kid to do 20 hours of community service. The kid failed to do it. The judge set an OSC re contempt (apparently how something like this is enforced because it was infraction so no probation.)  The commissioner was obviously personally interested in the case and likely looking forward to the court appearance of the kid after he failed to do the community service.  But, he happened to be gone the day of the court appearance and when he asked the fill-in commissioner what happened, she told him the whole story. WHOOPs.

I’m not going to lie, one night I was super bored and stumbled on the judicial commission’s website of published disciplinary opinions.  And you thought the bar discipline section of the daily journal was juicy? This stuff is SUPER entertaining.  Highly recommend adding to your favorites so when you’re in court with nothing to do you have some great reading material.

JJC VERDICT: Dear Judge Mills, super petty, not worth it, just play by the rules next time. Dear commissioner dude with a grudge: INTERESTING. I’m guessing your snitching on Judge Mills is going to hurt, not help, that beef.

P.S. while I was on their site, I noticed that Judge Seeman (finally) resigned in March because of this.His mug shot makes me sad. double sad face.

Today’s Corgi

My Corgi, who I will refer to as Jane Doe henceforth because, no joke, my husband worries about her privacy.  I kind of wish I really  had named her Jane Doe though, kind of an awesome name for a beautiful corgi like mine.

JJC VERDICT:  Jane Doe is a sleeping beauty.