Not all the cases that come before Shelby County Criminal Court judges involve murder and mayhem, but if Judge Gwen Rooks ever decides to write her memoirs FOX13 News implores her to include at least a couple of lines about Tiger Tiger and the case of a lost weekend.
A planned Memphis in May weekend with a friend went so awry it landed Oakland, Tenn., erotic novelist Eva Morris before Judge Rooks on Friday. Morris tried to tell her side of the story, which began with an altercation with Memphis police in the lobby of The Westin downtown.
"My name is Tiger. But, for court records, it's going to be Tiger Tiger," Norris said. "When I went to school it was Tiger Tiger. When I fly it's Tiger Tiger."
What would transpire would pit Miss Tiger against The Westin, a prominent Downtown Memphis hotel, and eventually a confrontation with the police, followed by a court date with Judge Rooks on Friday. It's enough material to have found a place in one of her seven novels, "Adventures of a Road Babe."
"I had a friend coming in from the Keys and he asked me if I'd show him around," Morris said. "I said, absolutely! So, he paid for the hotel room and he paid for the tickets. Then I drove in and I was suppose to pick him up from the airport and then we would enjoy Memphis In May.
"I confirmed the hotel. I made sure everything was right."
It is, as the author of this story, my responsibility to interject here. According to two employees of The Westin hotel who testified at Friday's hearing, Miss Tiger's alleged confirmation didn't go quite that smooth. They alleged in court Miss Tiger's friend's credit card was declined.
True, a reservation had been made and they had taken her baggage behind the counter as a courtesy, but the room was not pre-paid. They allege that while they checked on her friend's credit card again, Miss Tiger left and returned hours later. When she returned to the hotel they asked her to leave the premises. She refused in what the affidavit of complaint called a "loud and defiant tone," whereupon a handful of police descended on the author in a packed lobby.
"I was sitting reading a newspaper and all of a sudden somebody said, 'Trespassing!,'" Miss Tiger said. "I didn't think it could pertain to me. Six cops hit me so hard throwing me to the ground that I cut my eye I said, 'Stop! I'm a confirmed guest!' It had to be a mistake."
Ah, but in the end Judge Rooks ruled the mistake was all Miss Tiger and her friend's faulty credit card. In finding her guilty of trespassing, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, she was ordered to pay a fine. It put a damper on Miss Tiger's pre-hearing vow.
"So, if it takes a Tiger to go in and to make things right then that's what I'll do," she said.
With apologies to poet William Blake, it was a case of "Tiger, tiger, not burning so bright."