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Creating Language CrimesHow Law Enforcement Uses (and Misuses) Language$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181661

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.001.0001

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Retelling, Scripting, and Lying in a Murder Case: Florida v. Alan Mackerley

Retelling, Scripting, and Lying in a Murder Case: Florida v. Alan Mackerley

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(p.51) 5 Retelling, Scripting, and Lying in a Murder Case: Florida v. Alan Mackerley
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Creating Language Crimes
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Roger W. Shuy (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.003.0005

In this 2002 trial, the cooperating witness, an acquaintance of the target, used the best conversational strategy available when there is little other evidence that might lead to a conviction. This undercover technique is common and perfectly legitimate but in this case it encountered some problems. The chapter shows how his scripting and lying strategies failed.

Keywords:   retelling, scripting, lying, murder

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