Lawyer hounding police chief
Friday, March 2, 2007 | 03:43 PM ET
The police dog and police chief in Fostoria, Ohio, have more in common than their calling.
Like their education.
According to a lawyer defending his client on a drug charge in the city just south of Lake Erie, Chief John McGuire and Rocko both have degrees from Concordia College and University, an online school based in the Caribbean.
Gene Murray made the claim — supported by copies of their diplomas — in a challenge to the chief's authority, the Associated Press reported.
It gives "one pause, if not paws, for concern" Murray wrote in a motion seeking to have the dog appear in court.
Rocko is listed as John I. Rocko on his diploma.
McGuire's lawyer said the situation is bizarre. "My client had absolutely nothing to do with any animal getting a degree from an institution of higher learning," Dean Henry said.
McGuire is facing charges of falsification and tampering with records following allegations that he lied when he applied for the Fostoria job.
Murray is trying to make the case that McGuire lacked the authority to lay a drug charge against his client.
Rocko isn't talking. He can't.
The Associated Press didn't get a response when it e-mailed the college.
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