June 12, 2007
"We Are Not Ferrets"
A North Dakota man who was convicted of killing an antlered whitetail deer out of season had his pro se appeal thrown out by the North Dakota Supreme Court. The investigation began when the defendant posted a web photo of himself with the deceased deer. The court found that the pro se brief "fail[ed] in every conceivable way to comply with our rules of appellate procedure" and that the court need not scour the record for issues because "we are not ferrets." While a pro se litigant's adherence to rules of procedure need not reach the level of perfection of a lawyer, compliance must be substantial. (Mike Frisch)
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