Tales from Kentucky Lawyers

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"A woman was sitting on the witness stand, and the lawyer asked her, 'Did you, or did you not, on the night of June 23rd have sex with a hippie on the back of a motorcycle in a peach orchard?' She thought for a few minutes, then said, 'What was that date again?'" — from the book Lawyers have long been known as master storytellers, and those from Kentucky are certainly no exception. Veteran oral historian and folklorist Lynwood Montell has collected tales from dozens of lawyers and judges from throughout the Bluegrass State, ranging from the story ...

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Overview

"A woman was sitting on the witness stand, and the lawyer asked her, 'Did you, or did you not, on the night of June 23rd have sex with a hippie on the back of a motorcycle in a peach orchard?' She thought for a few minutes, then said, 'What was that date again?'" — from the book Lawyers have long been known as master storytellers, and those from Kentucky are certainly no exception. Veteran oral historian and folklorist Lynwood Montell has collected tales from dozens of lawyers and judges from throughout the Bluegrass State, ranging from the story about the tough Jackson County judge who fined himself for being late to court to unwelcome dogs in the courtroom. Recorded just as they have been told for generations, these stories are sometimes funny, sometimes sad or frightening, sometimes raw and harrowing, but always remarkable. Far more than collection of lawyer jokes, Tales from Kentucky Lawyers recounts the most insightful, entertaining, and occasionally heartbreaking stories ever told by and about Kentucky lawyers and their clients, covering the spectrum from arson to homicide, domestic disagreements to sexual abuse, and everything in between. Tales from Kentucky Lawyers is a valuable resource for folklorists as well as an entertaining and vivid account of the often-surprising legal world.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This is a delightful book and will be enjoyed by anyone, lawyer or not, who enjoys a good story." —Tennessee Bar Journal" —

"Unexpurgated stories in the words of mostly small-town lawyers involved in some of the damnedest cases you could ever imagine." —Huntsville (TX) Item, (Columbus, MS) Commercial Dispatch" —

"When you get 39 lawyers and judges talking about what happens in court, the stories may prove enlightening, disappointing, humorous, sad, hopeful, downright real — and occasionally almost unbelievable." —Kentucky Monthly" —

"One of those books that is fun to peruse." —Lexington Herald-Leader" —

"This collection of tales from some of the country's best raconteurs covers not only courtroom situations, but also every kind of topic that might come under a lawyer's eye, from homicide, theft, and moonshine to family matters, with marvelous accounts of blunders, sharp repartee, and comeuppances." —Storytelling Magazine" —

"Montell has done an outstanding job of pulling all the different bits together to create a well-organized, fun-to-read collection of how the legal system in Kentucky has changed over the years. Montell has patched together a clear image of the small-town lawyer, his view of self and his place in the world at large, and how that image has changed with the growth of the legal system. It's a good choice for anyone looking for simply funny stories, or anyone interested in Kentucky." — Lyrae Borders, Bowling Green Daily News" —

"The book aims to take readers back to a time when teachers were principals,eductaors, and janitors all rolled into one."—James Roberts, Central Kemtucky" —

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813122946
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 11/21/2003
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 967,288
  • Product dimensions: 0.75 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Kentucky Courts, Past and Present 9
2 Theft 23
3 Court Fines 30
4 Animal Stories 34
5 Ugly Words in Court 43
6 Adultery 50
7 Homicide 57
8 Blunders 86
9 Misunderstandings 99
10 Unexpected Responses 108
11 Moonshining 123
12 Coal Mining 133
13 Mentally Disabled 144
14 Domestic Mistreatment and Divorce 151
15 Family Disagreements 160
16 Elections and Politics 168
17 Judges' Support of the Accused 179
18 Physical Abuse 185
19 The Bench and the Bar 190
20 Sexual Charges and Sexual Abuse 204
21 Illegitimacy 214
22 Jury Justice/Injustice 219
23 Disorder in the Court 233
24 Prisoners 239
25 Miscellaneous 242
Biographies of Storytellers 261
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