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Writings of Morley Swingle

Presented by:
Morley Swingle

Publish Date:
June 26, 2008

Presentation Length:
47 minutes 21 seconds (47:21)

Morley Swingle shares true stories from his legal career, providing a "behind-the-scenes" look at the justice system. Swingle combines actual crimes, legal analysis and humor to recreate his most entertaining stories of villains, heroes and ordinary people, from the crime scene to the courtroom. Relating cases included in his book, Scoundrels to the Hoosegow, Swingle describes the life of a prosecuting attorney and the "Perry Mason" moments that happen when unforeseen events cause a trial to shift direction dramatically. With wry humor, Swingle reveals the outcome of each scoundrel's antics, and how each earned a trip to the Hoosegow. Swingle also provides insight into the writing and historical backgrounds of his other two novels, The Gold of Cape Girardeau and Bootheel Man.

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