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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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Police Camouflaging in an Obstruction of Justice Case: US v. Brian Lett

Police Camouflaging in an Obstruction of Justice Case: US v. Brian Lett

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(p.109) 11 Police Camouflaging in an Obstruction of Justice Case: US v. Brian Lett
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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/9780195181661.003.0011

After graduating from law school in 2001, Lett’s first client was enmeshed in a Minnesota telemarketing fraud case. Tape-recorded conversations between Lett and an undercover officer posing as a VISA fraud investigator led the prosecution to think that Lett and his client requested that officer to steal investigative records and to use his influence to remove the US Postal Inspector from the case. Linguistic analysis of these recordings showed that the undercover agent camouflaged his weak representations of illegality with legal-sounding words and expressions.

Keywords:   camouflaging, telemarketing fraud, obstruction of justice, representing illegality

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