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Australia's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial in a drug trafficking
Australia's Supreme Court has ordered a retrial in a drug trafficking case after the defendants complained that the judge kept falling asleep during hearings, the Sydney Morning Herald said on Thursday.

Rafael Cesan and Ruben Mas Rivadavia, sentenced to 13 and 11 years behind bars in 2004, have recently appealed their convictions on the grounds that Judge Ian Dodd often took naps during the trial.

"Judge Dodd appeared to sleep for periods of up to 20 minutes at a time, sometimes accompanied by snoring," the newspaper said. "His sleep periods became longer as the trial proceeded with members of the jury visibly distracted and, at times, amused."

Court officials had sometimes to loudly drop documents in an attempt to wake the snoring judge up, the paper also said.

Judge Dodd retired in 2005 after being diagnosed as suffering from a sleep disorder.


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