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What is the TODDI Defense?

The TODDI defense is often employed at trial, especially in trials involving co-defendants. "TODDI" stands for "the other dude did it," or 'the other dude done it," and is thus derived from the way some criminal defendants, rather than judges, lawyers or law professors talk. The TODDI defense is closely related to the SODDI defense. The term "TODDI" is used when the Defense knows who "the other dude" is, with "the other dude" most commonly being a co-defendant. The term "SODDI" is used in situations where the Defense does not know who "the other dude" is; it could be any number of possible "dudes."

What is the SODDI Defense?

The SODDI is one of the most commonly employed defenses in jury trials involving violent crimes. SODDI is an acronym, which stands for "some other dude did it" or "some other dude done it," and is thus derived from the way criminal defendants, rather than judges, lawyers or law professors talk. The term "SODDI" is used in situations where the Defense does not know who "the other dude" is. The term "TODDI" is used when the Defense knows who "the other dude" is, with TODDI standing for "The other dude did it." "The other dude" is most commonly a co-defendant.

"Just Holding it for a Friend" is a Confession, Not a Defense

It's a line right out of an old "ABC After School Special," or from a "very special episode" of an otherwise cheesy sitcom of yore. "But I was just holding it for a friend," mouthed with a certain inflected tone and accompanying body language, expressing both innocence, and the message "I am shocked that you would think that a teenager with a bag of marijuana in his room is probably smoking it." Of course, the "I was just holding it for a friend" line never worked for characters on "Just Say No" era television, yet for some reason, it lives on in the arsenal of readily available retorts for young people found with contraband.

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