Tales from Kentucky Lawyers

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University Press of Kentucky, 2003 - Social Science - 264 pages
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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 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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Contents

Kentucky Courts Past and Present
9
Theft
23
Court Fines
30
Animal Stories
34
Ugly Words in Court
43
Adultery
50
Homicide
57
Blunders
86
Family Disagreements
160
Elections and Politics
168
Judges Support of the Accused
179
Physical Abuse
185
The Bench and the Bar
190
Sexual Charges and Sexual Abuse
204
Illegitimacy
214
Jury JusticeInjustice
219

Misunderstandings
99
Unexpected Responses
108
Moonshining
123
Coal Mining
133
Mentally Disabled
144
Domestic Mistreatment and Divorce
151
Disorder in the Court
233
Prisoners
239
Miscellaneous
242
Biographies of Storytellers
261
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Montell is Emeritus Professor of Folk Studies at Western Kentucky University.