Something Doesn't Smell Right to This Judge
According to the Indiana Law Blog and the Indianapolis Star Judge Edward Najam Jr. didn’t like the smell of a few appeals that came across his desk. Not that there was something wrong with the case, but that the papers literally smelled funny.
The judge's footnote said the smell coming from the documents was “consistent with that of cigarette or pipe smoke that is apparent, offensive, and consistent. We kindly remind all those who handle the record on appeal to avoid such contamination.”
Though both cases were handled by the same deputy attorney general the offices are in a smoke-free building and the documents handled by several other people. Spokesman for the attorney general, Bryan Corbin, said he couldn’t speculate on how the documents became so stinky.
The good news is the smell didn’t seem to affect the appeals. Convictions were held in both cases.