BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — A retired state trooper’s lawsuit against a former supervisor in the state police polygraph unit is being allowed to proceed. U.S. District Judge Stefan Underhill refused this week to dismiss retired Trooper Adrienne Lamorte’s lawsuit that claims she was subject to retaliation after raising some questions about the accuracy of some lie detector tests.
Lamorte alleged that a supervisor in the state police polygraph unit was issuing faulty results.
Lamorte filed the federal lawsuit against John Leonard in 2001, claiming Leonard disciplined her after she lodged a complaint about Sgt. Randolph Howell’s conclusions on polygraph results.
Lamorte claimed Howell, a sergeant and commanding officer of the polygraph unit, was “conducting polygraph examinations in an incompetent manner.” the lawsuit states.
The lawsuit alleges Howell would report an examinee was truthful when the test scores indicated the opposite.
Lamorte was concerned about the consequences of false results so she relayed her concerns about Howell to Leonard, the lawsuit states.
Lamorte claims she was threatened in September 2000 with a disciplinary transfer unless she agreed to an administrative transfer out of the polygraph unit, according to the lawsuit.
She chose the administrative transfer and later retired.