Byline: By TOM PETTIFOR
THE judge who presided over the Da Vinci Code trial hid a secret message in his written ruling.
Mr Justice Peter Smith, 54, scattered apparently random italicised letters through the 71-page document.
At first they were thought to be typing errors. But lawyers spotted the letters seemed to form a code.
Their theory was bolstered by the fact that the first ten spell out "Smithy Code." Over the next few pages more letters stand out in italics but do not spell anything.
When London lawyer Dan Tench emailed Sir Peter, the 54-year-old judge replied confirming his hunch.
Dan said: "When the judgment came out there were these odd italic letters.
"It became clear something was going on. I got an email from the judge saying it wasn't a mistake - he had put a code in his judgment."
Sir Peter was still being cryptic yesterday. He said: "I can't discuss it. But I don't see why a judgment should not be a matter of fun. …