The air inside the tobacco trial document depository is dry. Stay for an hour and your throat becomes parched. Stay another and your eyes start to burn. The 26 million pieces of paper housed at the warehouse, a stack of which would dwarf the IDS tower, suck moisture from the air like a gigantic sponge. A faint alchemy of dust and ink and stale breath wafts through the place--the smell of a legal landmark in the making. (The case could go to the jury or be settled out-of-court by the end of this week.) Nearly 11,600 brown file boxes are stacked ceiling-high on metal shelves here, stuffed with tobacco-industry memos, meeting minutes, research data, press releases, and ad copy--in all, some of the most controversial documents ever wrangled over in... More >>>