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Why do so many people voluntarily consent to searches by have the police search their person or vehicle when they know that they are carrying contraband or evidence of illegal activity? Does everyone understand the Miranda warning? How well can people recognize a voice on tape? Can linguistic experts identify who wrote an anonymous threatening letter?

Speaking of Crime answers these questions and examines the complex role of language within our criminal justice system. Lawrence M. Solan and Peter M. Tiersma compile numerous cases, ranging from the Lindbergh kidnapping to the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton to the JonBenét Ramsey case, that provide real-life examples of how language functions in arrests, investigations, interrogations, confessions, and trials. In a clear and accessible style, Solan and Tiersma show how recent advances in the study of language can aid in understanding how legal problems arise and how they might be solved.

With compelling discussions current issues and controversies, this book is a provocative state-of-the-art survey that will be of enormous value to legal scholars and professionals throughout the criminal justice system.

About the Author

Lawrence M. Solan is the Don Forcelli Professor of Law and director of the Center for the Study of Law, Language and Cognition at Brooklyn Law School. Peter M. Tiersma is professor at Loyola University Law School. They are the authors, respectively, of The Language of Judges and Legal Language, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Part I - A Good Time to Study the Language of Criminal Justice

1. Language and the Criminal Law

The Language of Police and Suspects

Linguistic Evidence

Crimes of Language

Some Goals and Limitations

2. Linguistics in the Law

The Subsystems of Language

Word Meaning: Two Ways of Thinking

Discourse and Inferences from Context

Linguistics in the Courts

Linguistics and the Admissibility of Expert Evidence in American Courts

Part II Gathering the Evidence

3. "Consensual" Searches

The Bustamonte Case

Requests versus Commands

Consenting

Racial Profiling

Conclusion

4. Interrogation, Confession, and the Right to Counsel

Invoking the Right to Counsel

The Meaning of "Interrogation"

Interrogation and the Problem of False Confessions

Conclusion

5. Understanding Miranda

The Rise of Miranda

Reading Rights

Suspects with Low Intelligence or Mental Problems

Juveniles

Suspects Whose Native Language Is Not English

Deaf Defendants

How Can Comprehension Be Improved?

Conclusion

Part III - Linguistic Evidence in Court

6. Exact Words

Forget about It: Human Memory for Verbatim Speech

The Legal System's Response: Substance Is Good Enough

Jailhouse Informants

Language Crimes without the Language

Conclusion

7. Who Said That?

Legal Standards for Identifying Speakers

Voice Recognition Research and the Reliability of Identifications

Expert Speaker Identification

Conclusion

8. Who Wrote That?

Hauptmann and the Document Examiners

Leaving It to the Jury

The Return of the Experts?

Some Promise for an Improved Science of Authorship Attribution

Some Easier Cases

Conclusion

Part IV - Crimes of Language

9. Solicitation, Conspiracy, Bribery

Solicitation

Conspiracy

Bribery

10. Threats

What Constitutes a Threat?

Indirect and Ambiguous Threats

Political Hyperbole

Conclusion

11. Perjury

The Bronston Case

Did Clinton Lie?

Perjury and Lying

Conclusion

12. Where Do We Go from Here?

Law Enforcement

Legislatures and the Executive Branch

Courts

Attorneys

Linguists, Psychologists, and Other Scholars

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226767932
Author:
Solan, Lawrence
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Author:
Solan, Lawrence M.
Author:
Tiersma, Peter M.
Subject:
Criminal justice, administration of
Subject:
Criminal Law
Subject:
Criminal Law - General
Subject:
Criminal law -- United States.
Subject:
Law : General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Series in Law and Society
Publication Date:
20050231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 tables
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.7 in

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