Judge Thinks Suspect Who Asked for a ‘Lawyer, Dawg’ Was Asking for a ‘Lawyer Dog’

Guess this is what the suspect in Louisiana wanted. Photo: Andresr/Getty Images/iStockphoto

In what must represent a new low for American jurisprudence, even in the fun-loving and sometimes unserious precincts of the Great State of Loosiana, a concurring opinion from the Supreme Court of the Pelican State held that a suspect being questioned by police had not successfully invoked his Sixth Amendment right to an attorney when he said, according to police records:

[I]f y’all, this is how I feel, if y’all think I did it, I know that I didn’t do it so why don’t you just give me a lawyer dog cause this is not what’s up.

This statement was deemed inadequate by Justice Scott Crichton on the grounds that “the defendant’s ambiguous and equivocal reference to a ‘lawyer dog’ does not constitute an invocation of counsel that warrants termination of the interview.”

Maybe it’s because I am a graduate of the University of Georgia (Bulldogs) School of Law, but I don’t find “lawyer dog” ambiguous at all.

Judge Thinks Suspect Was Asking for a ‘Lawyer Dog’