Tales from Kentucky Lawyers
" “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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Kentucky Courts Past and Present
Ugly Words in Court
Elections and Politics
Judges Support of the Accused
The Bench and the Bar
Sexual Charges and Sexual Abuse
Domestic Mistreatment and Divorce
Disorder in the Court
Biographies of Storytellers
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Page 7 - It may refer to the method by which oral historical information about the past is collected and recorded, and it can also mean a body of knowledge that exists only in people's memories and will be lost at their deaths and at the passing of others of that same generation.