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A Case Of Assault: The Rise And Fall Of An Alibi

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The case-study introduces case-making by accounting for a story-in-process and how its turns into something of legal relevance. It introduces the manifold textual data provided by the defence file plus related communications. The author chooses the alibi because it allows highlighting two aspects: its mobilisation, which is the investments necessary to turn it into a case-story, and the risks to be taken in the process of mobilisation. As a result, the case study shows the becoming and fading of Linda's alibi on its way to the Crown Court: from its first appearance for the defence to its various manifestations. The study of the alibi-story puts an emphasis on the story-as-process: its career in the course of case-making. An alibi is the strongest possible account against an allegation. As a conclusion to the chapter, the author sketches what one could call the 'duality of mobilisation'.

Keywords: Alibi-story; Linda; mobilisation



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