Episode #29: “Ruff Day”, from True’s 21 December 2008 issue.
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“I would suggest you take this more seriously,” Judge John Hurley suggested to James Herard, 19, who was in Hurley’s Broward County, Fla., courtroom to answer multiple robbery charges. Herard is part of a gang accused of a two-county string of shotgun robberies of Dunkin’ Donuts stores. Two robbery victims were shot, allegedly by Herard; one remains in critical condition. When apprised of the charges, Herard answered the judge by barking like a dog. After the judge’s admonishment, Herard barked again. “I’m going to consider your bark as an acknowledgment of what I just told you,” the exasperated judge said for the record. (South Florida Sun-Sentinel) …Once he gets to the sentencing phase, he’ll realize he was barking up the wrong tree.
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