Monday, February 11, 2013

A Hop, Skip & a Jump Through Fact Investigation

Fact Investigation Course Home Page:

Purpose(s) of Fact Investigation course:

etc. (continue with linked web page, see above)

Assignment 1:


How do you start an investigation?:


Trifles and abduction in fact investigation:


Assignment no. 2:

The important role of  preferences in fact investigation:


Assignment no. 3 (on legal marshaling):

Tillers & Schum discuss legal marshaling in their paper A Theory of Preliminary Fact Investigation:

etc. (note: the discussion of legal marshaling takes place at two points in the paper)

Notes on legal marshaling:


Assignment no. 4 (time lines):

A note about time lines:


Assignment no. 5 (scenarios):

My online paper, which is in large part about scenarios (a paper that was inspired in part by Glenn Shafer's work):


A note on dealing with bloomin' buzzin' confusion in investigation:


Assignment no. 9 and assignment no. 11 - on assessing probative value and witness credibility, respectively:

MarshalPlan cards on assessing probative value of evidence:

One MarshalPlan card of many on assessing witness credibility:

Assignment on case theories - or the whole ball of wax:

MarshalPlan cards about case theory development and assessment:

Title card:

Explanation, part 1:

Explanation, part 2:

A MarshalPlan card illustrating a very partial partial case theory:

Loose thoughts, which are an important (and perhaps indispensable) pathway to a case theory:

There are other important forms of evidence marshaling -- e.g., narrative and rhetoric and advocacy. They are part of MarshalPlan, but they are not discussed in this post.  Many of them appear in the following card:

The dynamic evidence page

Evidence marshaling software MarshalPlan