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Both perspectives hinge on the story-as-unit. Without its stability, the analysis would not be capable of integrating the story’s eventfulness and processuality. The study of the alibi-story puts an emphasis on the story-as-process: its career in the course of case-making. Where to start and how to follow An alibi is the strongest possible account against an allegation. The alibi does not explain an offence, unlike accounts of self-defence, jealousy, or sleep-walking (see chapter III). It does not deny particulars of the offence such as accounts that simply lower the degree of responsibility (see chapter VII).

The study of the alibi-story puts an emphasis on the story-as-process: its career in the course of case-making. Where to start and how to follow An alibi is the strongest possible account against an allegation. The alibi does not explain an offence, unlike accounts of self-defence, jealousy, or sleep-walking (see chapter III). It does not deny particulars of the offence such as accounts that simply lower the degree of responsibility (see chapter VII). It shares no grounds with the accusing account, except the time of the alleged crime.

00am, Kim approached the Defendant and then they returned to the house where Kim had come from, which was 10 Oxford Street, X-town. 10am. 00pm. At the house at that time was Kim, the slightly younger sister Kristy (aged about 11), Kim’s elder sister, her boyfriend whose name the Defendant does not know, Kristy’s father who, at the time, was the boyfriend of Kim’s mother (Julia). 10pm. At that point the Defendant, Kim and Kristy left the house because Kristy wished to buy some cigarettes. After purchasing the cigarettes the three of them … Dated … Signed [plus Law Firm/Address] To: The Court To: The Crown Prosecution Service Compared to the first version written by the duty solicitor, this draft version of the alibi-story shows a number of transformations.

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