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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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Overlapping, Ambiguity, and the Hit and Run in a Solicitation to Murder Case: Texas v. T. Cullen Davis

Overlapping, Ambiguity, and the Hit and Run in a Solicitation to Murder Case: Texas v. T. Cullen Davis

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(p.41) 4 Overlapping, Ambiguity, and the Hit and Run in a Solicitation to Murder Case: Texas v. T. Cullen Davis
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Creating Language Crimes
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181661.003.0004

This much-publicized trial took place in 1979 in Fort Worth, Texas. A millionaire oil equipment producer was accused of soliciting the murder of his ex-wife and the judge in his divorce proceedings. Tape recordings of his conversations with an employee, who was working undercover with law enforcement, were the main evidence used against Davis. The contextualized linguistic analysis of these tapes helped lead to his acquittal.

Keywords:   hit and run, solicitation to murder, context

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