I was just having my usual Monday morning random thoughts and got to thinking about the five senses and how sight and hearing seem to be the only senses that are accepted from a legal framework. And I then got to wondering, what kind of status do the other three senses have from a legal point of view, especially smell?
I mean, I am sure eyewitness testimony in a case would usually be something “I saw the defendant strike the victim” “or I heard the defendant’s voice coming from the victim’s room shortly before midnight”. But what if the witness testified that “When I found the victim lying in a pool of blood I could smell that the defendant had recently been in the room”?
Would this be admissible? Has this actually happened?