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Dogs give comfort _ and controversy _ in court

General May 14, 2013

In this photo taken Monday, May 13, 2013, courthouse dog Kiley lies across the feet of Linda Avila, left, a witness in a homicide case, as Avila sits with Kiley's handler Michelle Walker, Justice Services manager, in a hallway at the Pierce County Courthouse in Tacoma, Wash. As canine companions in courthouses, dogs have helped thousands of victims and witnesses, but some challenges are working their way through the courts, driven by attorneys who claim the dogs are distractions or sympathy magnets. So far, all lower courts have upheld the use of dogs. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)LOS ANGELES (AP) — The twins were 7, shy and scared. Talking was tough and describing what happened nearly impossible.

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