The defense called Homer Marsh to the stand and pointed to a half-empty Coca-Cola bottle standing on a railing near the witness stand. Would a Coke with a dead mouse in it give a fellow recurring stomach spasms? Witness Marsh, a bacteriologist at University of Oklahoma medical school, said it would not. He had inspected the Coca-Cola Co.'s local bottling plant, admired its sanitary precautions and felt sure that no mouse, dead or alive, could have gotten into the bottle at the plant.

However it got there, Bacteriologist Marsh didn't think the mouse could do the drink any harm. With...

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