May 30, 2012
In this Friday, May 11, 2012, photo, Judge Kristine Kerr pets Sophie, 3, at the St. Louis County Family Courthouse. As a certified court therapy dog, owned by victim advocate caseworker Bet Stapleton, Sophie walks the halls of the courthouse, providing comfort to children and families of pending cases. (AP Photo/Johnny Andrews, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)
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Sophie, a mutt of a dog with draping ears and dotted brows, is helping people in St. Louis County court tell stories of crime to judges, investigators and attorneys.