Well, It Sounded Like “Rodent” to Me

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From the archives, here’s an appellate ruling on a claim of error by the defendant, Mr. Roden: "Appellant asserts that the prosecutor referred to him as ‘Mr. Rodent’ on at least three occasions.  This claim is unsupported by the record."

This was the fifth claim of error asserted on appeal.  Here’s a tip: if your first four arguments haven’t worked, throwing out something like this as number five is not going to save the day.

Cite: State v. Roden, 380 N.W.2d 669 (S.D. 1986).