Alternative explanations are offered in every criminal trial, but we can identify three characteristics of bad explanations to disqualify them quickly:
- The explanation is not supported by the evidence.
- The explanation attempts to errantly redefine the facts of the case.
- The explanation is logically contradictory.
When one of these three liabilities is identified in an argument, the explanation offerd is either inferior or fallacious.
– J. Warner Wallace, God’s Crime Scene