According to the BBC website, the Honourable Mr Justice Peter Smith has brought a touch of levity to the Da Vinci Code case – as if that case needed it (see “Copyright: “Da Vinci Code Case” – No Surprises”). His lordship has apparently hidden his own secret code in his judgment:
“Seemingly random italicised letters were included in the 71-page judgement given by Mr Justice Peter Smith, which apparently spell out a message.”
The learned judge is quoted as saying:
“I can’t discuss the judgement, but I don’t see why a judgement should not be a matter of fun.”
Quite so! A sense of humour is a very good thing in a judge (see “Dispute Resolution: Judicial Humour from across the Pond”). A pretty good repository of it (proving that the words “American humour” are not quite an oxymoron) is “The Green Bag”. I may not agree with Mr Justice Scalia’s politics but I do like his wit.