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The Language of Bribery Cases$
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Roger W. Shuy

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199945139

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945139.001.0001

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The manipulated bribery event of businessman Paul Manziel

The manipulated bribery event of businessman Paul Manziel

(p.197) [12] The manipulated bribery event of businessman Paul Manziel
The Language of Bribery Cases

Roger W. Shuy

Oxford University Press

In this complex bribery case the police gave a local handyman unsupervised rein for ten days to tape record Bobby Joe Manziel agreeing to participate in a drug related crime. As an afterthought, the handyman devised a scheme to involve Bobby Joe’s brother Paul for bribing the supervisor of a local non-profit organization for whom Paul owed some community service hours stemming from his earlier drunken driving conviction. The ten days of random, poor quality undercover taping yielded disconnected conversations with unidentified speakers in unidentified places, none of which contained a bribery speech event or showed any schemas or agendas related to Paul’s alleged bribery. Of particular interest was the way the handyman strategically manipulated the tape off and on during conversations that appeared to show Manziel’s innocence.

Keywords:   speech event phases, schemas, agendas, conversational strategies, tape manipulation, smoking guns, FBI, national security

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