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Editor: Kevin Cole
Univ. of San Diego School of Law

Thursday, March 10, 2005

No Shih Tzus Allowed

Lawyers prosecuting Albert K. Smith, who is accused of shooting his ex-wife's boyfriend to death, seem to have been a bit overzealous with their subpoenas.  Prosecutors subpoenaed everyone with whom Albert Smith had contact while in prison awaiting his murder trial.  Apparently Smith wrote his pooch, named Murphy Smith, a letter from jail, landing the 5 year-old shih tzu's name on the witness list.  Prosecutor's realized the faux pas when Murphy was brought to court by the defendant's brother to answer the subpoena, but was not allowed to enter the courthouse, because of the "No Dogs Allowed" rule.  Prosecutor Robin Green apologized to Smith's brother for the inconvenience and added, "The dog was friendly enough and probably would have been a very cooperative witness."'s story [Mark Godsey]

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