Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from the Files of a Prosecuting Attorney (Hardback)
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Scoundrels to the Hoosegow: Perry Mason Moments and Entertaining Cases from the Files of a Prosecuting Attorney (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 30/06/2007
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In ""Scoundrels to the Hoosegow"", a veteran prosecutor who is also a consummate storyteller shares more than thirty entertaining legal stories drawn from real life, re-creating, with verve and wit, villains, heroes, and ordinary citizens. In cases both tragic and hilarious, Morley Swingle offers an insider's look at the justice system, taking readers from the scene of the crime to the courtroom as he explores the worlds of judges, attorneys, police officers, and criminals. Informed by a deep appreciation of Mark Twain, Swingle aims to do for his profession what Clemens did for riverboat piloting. He leads readers on an enjoyable romp through crime and punishment, while offering a clear exposition of legal points - from the subtleties of cross-examination to the role of plea bargaining. In cases ranging from indecent exposure to conspiracy to commit murder, Swingle considers the fine line between pornography and obscenity and discusses sensitive issues surrounding first-degree murder and the death penalty. Whether describing a drunken but well-meaning probationer who frees the dogs on ""death row"" or the woman who tries to hire a reluctant hit man to dispose of her husband, he combines true crime and legal analysis with a healthy dose of humor - and shares the occasional ""Perry Mason moment"" in which a trial dramatically shifts direction. Not since the author of ""Anatomy of a Murder"", Robert Traver, wrote ""Small Town D.A."" fifty years ago has an American prosecutor penned such a candid, revealing, and funny account of the job - an altogether satisfying book that sentences the reader to many hours of enjoyment.

Publisher: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826217172
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 612 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 25 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Morley Swingle's "Scoundrels to the Hoosegow" is not only consistently fascinating, but there is much to be learned from it about life in and out of an American courtroom. I highly recommend this engrossing book to the general reader and, in particular, to members of the prosecutorial profession."--Vincent Bugliosi


"Morley Swingle, a career prosecutor with a fine sense of humor and an appreciation of the English language, has produced an often funny, sometimes moving, but always interesting account of his 25 years as a prosecutor. The reader will gain an understanding of the importance of the prosecutor in our criminal justice system and the nature of decisions a prosecutor must make. Such an understanding is easy to acquire when the presentation is spiced with humor. The reader will also learn that Missouri has its share--maybe more than its share--of weird and sometimes dangerous scoundrels."
--Edward H. Hunvald, Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Columbia

"Morley Swingle is a rarity among lawyers, and almost unique among prosecutors: a man who loves the books as much as the courtroom, and who writes as well as he dissects witnesses on the stand. Swingle presents the life of a country prosecutor with verve and wit. "Scoundrels" is a highly enjoyable romp through crime and punishment. If Tom Wolfe's "Bonfire of the Vanities" captured the essence of criminal practice in a major metropolis, then "Scoundrels "surely captures the essence of that practice in small town and rural America."--Robert H. Dierker, Circuit Court Judge, St. Louis, Missouri


"Morley Swingle, a career prosecutor with a fine sense of humor and an appreciation of the English language, has produced an often funny, sometimes moving, but always interesting account of his 25 years as a prosecutor. The reader will gain an understanding of the importance of the prosecutor in our criminal justice system and the nature of decisions a prosecutor must make. Such an understanding is easy to acquire when the presentation is spiced with humor. The reader will also learn that Missouri has its share--maybe more than its share--of weird and sometimes dangerous scoundrels."
--Edward H. Hunvald, Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Columbia


"Through true tales from his career, Morley Swingle offers an insightful look into the life of a small-town prosecutor. From the bright lights of "Oprah" to the gritty details of crimes, Swingle deftly details both the comic foibles of lawbreakers and the sometimes-tragic consequences of their criminal behavior. Along the way, the reader gains an appreciative feel for the wide range of issues prosecutors must address and the often-difficult decisions they must make."--Gary P. Toohey, Editor, "Journal of the Missouri Bar"


Morley Swingle s "Scoundrels to the Hoosegow" is not only consistently fascinating, but there is much to be learned from it about life in and out of an American courtroom. I highly recommend this engrossing book to the general reader and, in particular, to members of the prosecutorial profession. Vincent Bugliosi"


Morley Swingle is a rarity among lawyers, and almost unique among prosecutors: a man who loves the books as much as the courtroom, and who writes as well as he dissects witnesses on the stand. Swingle presents the life of a country prosecutor with verve and wit. "Scoundrels" is a highly enjoyable romp through crime and punishment. If Tom Wolfe s "Bonfire of the Vanities" captured the essence of criminal practice in a major metropolis, then "Scoundrels "surely captures the essence of that practice in small town and rural America. Robert H. Dierker, Circuit Court Judge, St. Louis, Missouri"


Morley Swingle, a career prosecutor with a fine sense of humor and an appreciation of the English language, has produced an often funny, sometimes moving, but always interesting account of his 25 years as a prosecutor. The reader will gain an understanding of the importance of the prosecutor in our criminal justice system and the nature of decisions a prosecutor must make. Such an understanding is easy to acquire when the presentation is spiced with humor. The reader will also learn that Missouri has its share maybe more than its share of weird and sometimes dangerous scoundrels.
Edward H. Hunvald, Professor of Law, University of Missouri Columbia"


Through true tales from his career, Morley Swingle offers an insightful look into the life of a small-town prosecutor. From the bright lights of "Oprah" to the gritty details of crimes, Swingle deftly details both the comic foibles of lawbreakers and the sometimes-tragic consequences of their criminal behavior. Along the way, the reader gains an appreciative feel for the wide range of issues prosecutors must address and the often-difficult decisions they must make. Gary P. Toohey, Editor, "Journal of the Missouri Bar""


"Morley Swingle's Scoundrels to the Hoosegow is not only consistently fascinating, but there is much to be learned from it about life in and out of an American courtroom. I highly recommend this engrossing book to the general reader and, in particular, to members of the prosecutorial profession."--Vincent Bugliosi


"Morley Swingle is a rarity among lawyers, and almost unique among prosecutors: a man who loves the books as much as the courtroom, and who writes as well as he dissects witnesses on the stand. Swingle presents the life of a country prosecutor with verve and wit. Scoundrels is a highly enjoyable romp through crime and punishment. If Tom Wolfe's Bonfire of the Vanities captured the essence of criminal practice in a major metropolis, then Scoundrels surely captures the essence of that practice in small town and rural America."--Robert H. Dierker, Circuit Court Judge, St. Louis, Missouri


"Morley Swingle, a career prosecutor with a fine sense of humor and an appreciation of the English language, has produced an often funny, sometimes moving, but always interesting account of his 25 years as a prosecutor. The reader will gain an understanding of the importance of the prosecutor in our criminal justice system and the nature of decisions a prosecutor must make. Such an understanding is easy to acquire when the presentation is spiced with humor. The reader will also learn that Missouri has its share--maybe more than its share--of weird and sometimes dangerous scoundrels."
--Edward H. Hunvald, Professor of Law, University of Missouri-Columbia


"Through true tales from his career, Morley Swingle offers an insightful look into the life of a small-town prosecutor. From the bright lights of Oprah to the gritty details of crimes, Swingle deftly details both the comic foibles of lawbreakers and the sometimes-tragic consequences of their criminal behavior. Along the way, the reader gains an appreciative feel for the wide range of issues prosecutors must address and the often-difficult decisions they must make."--Gary P. Toohey, Editor, Journal of the Missouri Bar

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