Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials
From Edwin Edwards's outlandish antics to Chicken King Al Copeland's romantic entanglements, this is a collection of stories about 10 of New Orleans's most memorable high-profile litigants. Each chapter describes one of the colorful personalities whose trials and tribulations have captured widespread public attention.
Featured characters include sheriff Harry Lee ("The Chinese Cowboy"), Harry Connick, Sr ("The Singing DA"), NOPD's Antoine Saacks ("The Fop Cop"), and state senator Michael O'Keefe ("The Courtly Pol").
In addition to the chapter on recently-released-from-prison Edwin Edwards (Fast Eddie Plays the Game The Louisiana Way), a bonus chapter on the four-time former governor includes 100 examples of instant retorts and quips divided into such sections as politics, women and gambling: The Wit and Wisdom of Edwin Edwards.
Such tales could only take place in Louisiana, where courtroom proceedings often take on the air of a Carnival celebration.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Pelican Publishing (October 15, 2011)
Book content and excerpts © 2011 S.L. Alexander