key Assumption Check
Assumptions are made based on a past beliefs. Generally, these past beliefs are rooted in information that is routinely not questioned. The above example is an example of not questioning information. The objective of a Key Assumption Check is to ensure that an analytical judgments is not based on a flawed premise. Secondly, this methodology allows a baseline of confidence to be established. In turn, in the context of criminal defense, weaknesses in evidence can be uncovered and further exposed through investigation.
A Key Assumption Check allows a criminal defense investigation to meet the following objectives:
1. Separation of known and unknown information
2. Establish a baseline confidence
3. Focuses investigative efforts on weak assumptions or presumed evidence
2 Pherson, Randolph. “The Tradecraft of Warning.” Pherson Associates, LLC (February 20, 2009): 1–8., p. 2
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