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Forensic Linguistics Coursework Booklet

Assignment One: 2000 words (+/- 10%, END OF TEXT REFERENCES DO NOT COUNT)
Worth 50% of your total mark

Assignment One: Due on Monday 14th March 2016, 11.45pm

The texts below (extract A and B) are extracts from courtroom discourse- The Trial of Timothy McVeigh, from the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial in 1997. Extract A is the direct examination of the defence witness- Diana Bradley. Extract B is the cross examination of the same witness.

Applying any relevant methods and models from the module, perform an analysis of the extract, define the theory/ies used, all theoretical and analytical terms, and discuss your findings in relation to the concepts of Friendly and Unfriendly council and courtroom discourse.

You can include an annotated copy of the extracts in your appendices, but ensure the whole piece is submitted as ONE PDF document.
Extract A: Direct examination of Defence Witness Diana Bradley

1 Q. Okay. Now, when we talked yesterday, did you advise me that as — that you did not get a good look at the person who got out and walked across the street very rapidly?
A. Yes, I did.

5 Q. Did you also tell me that you — from what you saw, that the person who got out of the
Ryder truck was not Timothy McVeigh?
A. Yes.
Q. But that you didn’t get a good look?
A. Right.


Q. Okay. When we met — or let me rephrase that. From the time that you first met with the FBI, which was on May the 3d and the 4th of 1995, until May the 16th of 1997, you had never advised anyone that there was anyone other than one olive-complexion male that got out of the vehicle; is that correct?
A. Yes.

15 [….]
Q. You only identified the olive-skinned person as getting out of the truck?
A. Right.
Q. You did not see anyone else get out of the truck?
A. True.

20 Q. Okay. Then on — when you had the telephone conversation with Wilma Sparks, you did not say anyone else got out of the truck other than the olive-skinned male; correct?
A. Yes.

Q. Okay. And you have never said that Timothy McVeigh was the person who got out of the truck; isn’t that correct?

A. Yes.
Extract B: Cross Examination of Defence Witness Diana Bradley

Q. Now, you told the FBI from the very beginning in this case that you did not have a good
memory, didn’t you?
A. Yes, I did.

5 Q. The very first time they came and talked to you, you said, “I’ve been through a lot of
trauma, I’ve been through a lot of things in my life”?
A. Yes.
Q. “And I just don’t have a good memory of these events”?
A. Yes.
Q. And that’s true, isn’t it?
10 A. Yes, it is.
Q. And do you recall that in the newspaper, the week that you saw the FBI, there were
sketches —
A. Uh-huh.
15 Q. — of this John Doe 2 person that you talked about today?
A. Yes.
Q. Do you recall that?
A. Yes, I do.
Q. You told the FBI that the man was wearing a baseball cap right?
20 A. Right.
Q. Just like the paper showed the day before they interviewed you?
A. Yes.
Q. And you told the FBI the man was tanned, didn’t you?
A. Yes.
25 Q. Excuse me?
A. Yes, I did.
Q. And it says right here the very same information, doesn’t it, tan?
A. Yes.
Q. It doesn’t say olive-skinned, does it?
30 A. No.
Q. Excuse me?
A. No, it doesn’t.
Q. And you didn’t tell the FBI olive-skinned the first time you met with them, did you?
A. No, I didn’t.
35 Q. You told them tanned?
A. Right.
Q. Now, later when you were interviewed, you changed from tan-skinned to olive-skinned.
A. Yes, I did.
Q. Now, you had a really rough childhood, haven’t you?
A. Yes, I have.
Q. You were in a psychiatric home, hospital, when you were 7 years old?
A. Yes, I was.

Q. And you were in a — a mental health facility from the age of 7 until the age of 16; is that right? Smally’s in Norman?
45 A. Yes, I was
Q. Were you given a lot of medication during those years?
A. Yes, I was. A lot.
Q. How would you describe the effect the medication had on you?
A. It had caused me to lose memory of who I was and people around me.
50 Q. And you were depressed?
A. I was depressed.
Q. And you were there for a very long time.

A. Yes.
Q. Now, later after you talked to the FBI, you added the purple flames to the hat, didn’t you? You didn’t tell the FBI that, did you, about the flames?
A. I don’t recall what I had said.
Q. Okay. Do you — you were asked a lot of questions by Ms. Ramsey from the defence about what you recall about different interviews. Do you really recall what you told anyone at any interview? Do you have a clear recollection of what you told anybody during these interviews?
A. Yes and no. I don’t recall. I don’t recall much sometimes.

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