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    Judge dismisses case against man who admitted to barking at police dog(SOURCE: http://www.southernillinoisan.com/articles/2005/07/08/top/104962.txt)

    BY ANDREA HAHN
    THE SOUTHERN

    MURPHYSBORO - Even though he admitted to barking at the dog, the case against a Murphysboro man for taunting a police K9 partner was dismissed Thursday.

    At a bench trial in Jackson County, Judge Charles Grace said direct testimony was required to prove that Adrian Davis, 19, was guilty of taunting the dog. Though Davis attempted to offer an explanation for his behavior - during which he admitted "reacting" to the dog - Grace said lack of eyewitnesses meant the case was dismissed.

    Davis was cited in May for barking back when a Murphysboro police officer's "K9 partner" barked at him from the inside of a squad car.

    Officer Michael Hopkins said in court that he was inside the police department when a fellow officer told him that Davis was clapping at, shouting at and even barking at Hopkins' police dog while the

    dog waited in the squad car outside.

    Hopkins told Grace that he didn't personally witness Davis taunting his dog, but did hear the dog's loud barking from inside the building.

    He said he talked to Davis about the incident later that same day.

    "(Davis) said he wouldn't have done it if he had known it was against the law," Hopkins said. He added that Davis was argumentative when first approached about his alleged behavior toward the dog, but later apologized, saying the dog had barked at him when he walked by the car.

    When Grace asked Davis if he had any questions for Hopkins, Davis began to explain his side of the story, beginning with the words, "The reason I did it-"

    Grace cut him off, then asked him later to promise not to harass a police dog again, stressing that there is an ordinance forbidding such behavior toward a police dog. Davis agreed.

    "I find the proof insufficient," Grace said to Hopkins as he dismissed the case. "I don't want to see you in here again on this kind of violation," he said to Davis.

    After the case was dismissed, Davis said he was frustrated not to have a chance to address the judge.

    His mother, Bertha House, said she was frustrated, too, because even a dropped case can present a hardship to a defendant.

    She said she has paid bond money for past cases against family members that were later dropped. Some of that money, she said, is forfeited even when the case is dropped.

    However, both she and Davis were grateful that this ordinance violation, which may have resulted in a fine if Davis had been convicted, was dismissed by Grace's order.

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    Post Re: Judge dismisses case against man who admitted to barking at police dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Todesritter
    His mother, Bertha House, said she was frustrated, too, because even a dropped case can present a hardship to a defendant.

    She said she has paid bond money for past cases against family members that were later dropped. Some of that money, she said, is forfeited even when the case is dropped.
    Charming family.

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