Full Title Name:  The Post-Conviction Remedy for Pit Bulls: What Today’s Science Tells Us About Breed-Specific Legislation

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Katie Barnett Place of Publication:  Syracuse Law Review Publish Year:  2017 Primary Citation:  67 Syracuse L. Rev. 241 (2017) 0 Country of Origin:  United States
Summary: This Article examines the pseudo-science used in the past, the science we have today, and how “pit bulls” are among the more popular breeds adopted from animal shelters safely living in communities nationwide, yet are targeted with specific legislation in many municipalities. Distinguished from criminal eyewitness identification cases, this Article looks at the breed-specific legislation issue in terms of the entire breed being convicted on eyewitness testimony, not on a case-by-case basis like we see in criminal cases. Because breed-specific legislation targets an entire population of family pets based on breed, this Article argues for a better examination of the reliability of breed identification and the science used to uphold the constitutionality of the legislation.
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Reprinted with permission. Copyright © 2017 by Syracuse Law Review; Katie Barnett.

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