Riff Motive Analysis

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The prosecution relies heavily on communication between Riff and others to establish motive. Marquette claims that Riff threatened to get even with him and put his store out of business after he was fired for being late. Motive is further established by Riff’s mentioning to Fender that he needed a lot more money than what he had won at poker that night. Verbal communication is further used to define the explanation of Riff about his winnings to those who asked, and doubt is cast upon his story by Martini, who claimed that he saw Riff cash in less money than he claimed to have and to have heard Riff complaining about being unable to win. This creates both a motive for Riff to rob, and casts doubts on the story that Riff gave to people who inquired

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