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.
Morley Swingle has been Prosecuting Attorney for Cape Girardeau County for more than twenty years. He is the author of a novel, The Gold of Cape Girardeau, and he has taught at seminars around the country. Some of the thousands of cases Swingle has prosecuted have been featured on the Oprah Winfrey Show, Dateline, and Court TV.