Adversarial Case-Making: An Ethnography of English Crown by Thomas Scheffer

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At no other time has it been less possible to view the societal system as composed of interactions and to consider adequate theories that conceive society as ‘commerce’, exchange, dance, contract, chain, theatre, or discourse” (1995:430). 19 The law firm’s office shows some similarities with the laboratory as described by Latour and Woolgar: “A laboratory is constantly performing operations on statements; adding modalities, citing, enhancing, diminishing, borrowing, and proposing new combinations.

The alibi’s career, thus, started before the solicitor’s casework. It became available to the (later) procedure already during the police interrogation – although at that point it was just this, a reply to police questioning. This means, once the a case of assault 7 suspicion was processed as an official indictment by the CPS, her responses during the police interview became part of the procedural memory. On the 21st of January, more than two months after the alleged incident, a police officer confronted Linda Queen with an accusation of having assaulted a young man in front of his sister’s house.

Stories seem to be the perfect interfaces to link law and common sense, judiciary and the people. 2 chapter one I chose the alibi because it allows me to highlight two aspects: its mobilisation, which are 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 alibi demands attention and investments in formal, literary, and strategic ways.

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