Justice Bites Back

After two huge dogs maul a young woman, a jury holds the owners responsible for the grisly slaying

Following a full month of sound and fury, justice arrived last week with a silent plea. At the end of a case marked by sensational testimony and courtroom theatrics, verdicts were handed down in the trial of Marjorie Knoller and Robert Noel, a couple whose huge Presa Canario dogs brutally killed a neighbor in the hallway of their San Francisco apartment building last year. According to a witness, Diane Whipple, 33, had screamed for aid as she fought the beasts. Both Noel and Knoller sat stone-faced in court as each was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter and keeping a mischievous animal....

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