The Final Project should include the name of the case, the description of the c

The Final Project should include the name of the case, the description of the case and the language-related issue in the case, the legal criteria/standards that define the language crime, the linguistic evidence, your linguistic analysis of a piece(s) of linguistic evidence (e.g., discourse analysis) and identify the subsystem(s) of language relevant to this analysis. Finally, the implications of the linguistic analysis of the linguistic evidence in the case/crime.
Amerithrax (2001-2010)
Case Summary can be found at
Background: Soon after the terrorist attacks of 9/11, letters laced with anthrax began appearing in the U.S. mail. Five Americans were killed and 17 were sickened in what became the worst biological attacks in U.S. history. The ensuing investigation by the FBI and its partners—code-named “Amerithrax”—has been one of the largest and most complex in the history of law enforcement. In August 2008, Department of Justice and FBI officials announced a breakthrough in the case and released documents and information showing that charges were about to be brought against Dr. Bruce Ivins, who took his own life before those charges could be filed. On February 19, 2010, the Justice Department, the FBI, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service formally concluded the investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks and issued an Investigative Summary. The Amerithrax Task Force—which consisted of roughly 25 to 30 full-time investigators from the FBI, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other law enforcement agencies, as well as federal prosecutors from the District of Columbia and the Justice Department’s Counterterrorism Section—expended hundreds of thousands of investigator work hours on this case. Their efforts involved more than 10,000 witness interviews on six different continents, the execution of 80 searches, and the recovery of more than 6,000 items of potential evidence during the course of the investigation. The case involved the issuance of more than 5,750 grand jury subpoenas and the collection of 5,730 environmental samples from 60 site locations. In addition, new scientific methods were developed that ultimately led to the break in the case—methods that could have a far-reaching impact on future investigations.
Amerithrax letters can be found at
You may choose the following: Threats which is added above.
Your analysis should involve a full description of the overall pragmatic information of the case. Consider this to be a summary of the overall circumstances, the participants, the criminal charge(s), the linguistic evidence, etc.
Pick one piece of oral or written linguistic evidence, and if it is a long example or there are multiple pieces of linguistic evidence, then focus on one piece of evidence and/or one portion of it for discourse/topic analysis.
Identify the criteria/standard(s) that define the case as the particular type of language crime.
Identify the subsystems of language connected to your analysis and/or an expert’s analysis, types of speech acts, directness/indirectness/ambiguity, the presence (or lack thereof) of the Cooperative Principle, and the presence of “plausible deniability” (if applicable).
MLA or APA in-text citations are required for your discourse/topic analysis (use our textbook, articles on the class website and/or articles you find) and a list of those resources at the end of your project. Note: Your grade will be lowered if you do not include secondary resources in the final project.
Use the following book as one of the resources: Speaking of Crime: The Language of Criminal Justice (Chicago Series in Law and Society). This is the link of the book You can add the second resource.

The Final Project should include the name of the case, the description of the c
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