Tales from Kentucky Lawyers

Tales from Kentucky Lawyers

by William Lynwood Montell

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Tales from Kentucky Lawyers by William Lynwood Montell

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813168241
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 08/05/2016
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 1,236,999
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1.Kentucky Courts, Past and Present9
2.Theft23
3.Court Fines30
4.Animal Stories34
5.Ugly Words in Court43
6.Adultery50
7.Homicide57
8.Blunders86
9.Misunderstandings99
10.Unexpected Responses108
11.Moonshining123
12.Coal Mining133
13.Mentally Disabled144
14.Domestic Mistreatment and Divorce151
15.Family Disagreements160
16.Elections and Politics168
17.Judges' Support of the Accused179
18.Physical Abuse185
19.The Bench and the Bar190
20.Sexual Charges and Sexual Abuse204
21.Illegitimacy214
22.Jury Justice/Injustice219
23.Disorder in the Court233
24.Prisoners239
25.Miscellaneous242
Biographies of Storytellers261

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