Tip of the day for appellate lawyers: handle the court’s record with care. Try to avoid spilling coffee or Diet Coke on it. And if you smoke, well, heed n. 1 in this recent decision by an Indiana appellate court:
We note, as we have in a prior memorandum decision, that the transcript in this case emits an unpleasant odor 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.
Hat tip to the ABA Journal.