published Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton's widow wins book rights

A four-year legal battle over the rights to an autobiography penned by a famed Cocke County moonshiner who killed himself rather than go back to prison has ended with his widow the victor.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves has tossed out a lawsuit filed against the widow of Marvin “Popcorn” Sutton by his daughter and has awarded a counterclaim by the widow to her share of the rights to his 1999 book, “Me and My Likker.”

The book, reissued after his March 2009 suicide, has been a hot seller since his death, according to court records first filed in Alaska and later transferred to U.S. District Court in Knoxville.


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