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Chris Heffer, Frances Rock, and John Conley

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746842

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.001.0001

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Embedding Police Interviews in the Prosecution Case in the Shipman Trial

Embedding Police Interviews in the Prosecution Case in the Shipman Trial

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(p.147) Chapter 7 Embedding Police Interviews in the Prosecution Case in the Shipman Trial
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Legal-Lay Communication
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Alison Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746842.003.0007

In this chapter, Alison Johnson focuses on intertextual construction in an English criminal case. Johnson reveals how the police interviews are used by barristers in the criminal trial of Dr Harold Shipman, who was tried and convicted (in a 58-day trial) in England in 1999/2000 of the murders of 15 of his patients and forging the will of one of them. The barristers use reported and indirect speech to shift between ‘teller’ and ‘knower’ to perform third-person judgement and evaluation and to position listeners, witnesses, texts and things as ‘objects’ in the courtroom. Johnson shows how objects from the storyworld of events and interviews and from another time and place are positioned in the current place, the courtroom, to be held, handled, viewed and heard. Embedded in the judicial field, the re-enacted and animated interview transcript becomes an evidential object for scrutiny and evaluation by the jury.

Keywords:   Intertextual, reported speech, embedding, trial, lawyers, storyworld

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