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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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Interrupting, Overlapping, Lying, Not Taking “No” for an Answer, and Representing Illegality Differently to Separate Targets in a Stolen Property Case: US v. Prakesh Patel and Daniel Houston

Interrupting, Overlapping, Lying, Not Taking “No” for an Answer, and Representing Illegality Differently to Separate Targets in a Stolen Property Case: US v. Prakesh Patel and Daniel Houston

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(p.59) 6 Interrupting, Overlapping, Lying, Not Taking “No” for an Answer, and Representing Illegality Differently to Separate Targets in a Stolen Property Case: US v. Prakesh Patel and Daniel Houston
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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/9780195181661.003.0006

This chapter shows how being inconsistent when representing illegality in cases involving more than one target in the same alleged crime can damage a prosecution’s case. More important, however, is the way this 2002 case in Oklahoma illustrates the dangers to a successful prosecution when the undercover agents block (interrupt and overlap) the target’s words, especially when this is done when the targets appear to be trying to say something exculpatory.

Keywords:   interrupting, overlapping, lying, representing illegality, stolen property, inconsistency

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