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Deceptive Ambiguity by Police and Prosecutors$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190669898

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190669898.001.0001

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The Effects, Frequency, and Power of the Government’s Uses of Deceptive Ambiguity in Criminal Investigations

The Effects, Frequency, and Power of the Government’s Uses of Deceptive Ambiguity in Criminal Investigations

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(p.221) 9 The Effects, Frequency, and Power of the Government’s Uses of Deceptive Ambiguity in Criminal Investigations
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Deceptive Ambiguity by Police and Prosecutors
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Roger W. Shuy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190669898.003.0009

This chapter first summarizes the role of deceptive ambiguity in relationship to the legal institution’s need to discover predisposition, intentionality, and voluntariness. It then compares the relative frequency of the government representatives’ uses of deceptive ambiguity found in the six elements of the Inverted Pyramid: speech events, schemas, agendas, speech acts, conversational strategies, and lexical and grammatical language. Finally, it summarizes and compares the uses of deceptive ambiguity by police and prosecutors, when institutional power is strongly evident, with the way deceptive ambiguity is used by three types of cooperating witnesses, when this institutional power is hidden during their undercover interactions with targets.

Keywords:   deceptive ambiguity, predisposition, intentionality, voluntariness, frequency, transparent power, hidden power, Inverted Pyramid

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