It's carnival time; so, please join us for a reading, presentation and booksigning with Sherry Alexander featuring her recent book, COURTROOM CARNIVAL: Famous New Orleans Trials. She will be joined by one of the co-authors, Lyn Koppel ("Darleen Jacobs: Miss New Orleans, Larger Than Life.")
From Edwin Edwards' 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.
"Louisiana's unique legal system and its reputation for out-sized political personalities come to life in Courtroom Carnival, an insightful and colorful account of the state's most famous trials and infamous litigants."
Featured chapters 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 take place only in Louisiana, where courtroom proceedings often take on the air of a Carnival celebration.
Author/Editor S.L. Alexander, a journalist and professor in the School of Mass Communication at Loyola University New Orleans, earned her doctorate in communication law at the University of Florida and has published extensively on free press/fair trial issues. She will be joined by one of the co-authors, Lyn Koppel ("Darleen Jacobs: Miss New Orleans, Larger Than Life.")
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The outrageous antics of ten of Louisiana’s high-profile legal celebrities on both sides of the courtroom are the focus of this fascinating book. Editor S. L. Alexander brings together communications and legal experts Jennifer John Block, Erin Bremer, Lyn Koppel, Glenn Watts, and Charles Zewe to delve into the legal foibles and follies that plague Louisiana’s legal system.
After an introduction to the intricacies of Louisiana’s courtroom customs, each chapter provides a concise history of a colorful personality from former four-term governor and convicted felon Edwin Edwards’s outlandish antics to wealthy entrepreneur Chicken King Al Copeland’s many peccadilloes. Included are characters from both sides of the law such as TV reporter Richard Angelico; Jefferson Parish Sheriff Harry Lee, known as the Chinese Cowboy; DA Harry Connick Sr., known as much for his singing as his courtroom performances; and many more. Courtroom Carnival: Famous New Orleans Trials presents a fascinating and educational read from the overview of what makes the courtrooms of Louisiana so unique to the exposés of the bizarre characters on both sides of the bench.