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Birmingham, Alabama Police Captain Suspended for Refusing Polygraph

In an article entitled “Captain Suspended Over Missing Computers,” Carol Robinson of the Birmingham News writes: A Birmingham police captain has been suspended for nearly nine weeks for refusing to take a lie detector test in connection with missing departmental computers. Capt. Ellison Beggs, the highest-ranking officer suspended in recent memory, will be off without …

“National Academy Begins Polygraph Study”

Steven Aftergood reports in today’s edition of the electronic newsletter Secrecy News: NATIONAL ACADEMY BEGINS POLYGRAPH STUDY The National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences is undertaking a new review of the validity and reliability of the polygraph, or “lie detector.” The 18 month review, which was proposed by Sen. Jeff Bingaman and …

Lie Detectors on the Jenny Jones Talk Show

Today on the Jenny Jones television talk show: “If you went astray, I’ll find out today.” Meet a man who suspects his girlfriend is cheating on him with another woman, but his girlfriend denies it. Also, meet a guest who wants to know if her best friend is sleeping with her man. Jenny makes these …

“The Fallout at Los Alamos”

Dave Marash reports for ABC Nightline on the security crackdown at Los Alamos National Laboratory, including the new DOE polygraph screening program. Excerpt: JOHN BROWN, DIRECTOR, LOS ALAMOS NATIONAL LAB The–the polygraph issue is a real challenge for a scientific culture like ours. DAVE MARASH (VO) Los Alamos lab director John Brown doesn’t hide his …

“Lawyers Battle Over Polygraph: State Wants to Tell Jurors Chmura Refused to Take a Lie-Detector Test”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff writer Lisa Sink writes: [Mark] Chmura, 31, a former Green Bay Packers tight end, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of third-degree sexual assault and child enticement. Authorities have accused him of sexually assaulting a 17-year-old girl in a bathroom in the home of Chmura’s neighbor Robert Gessert. The prosecutors’ …

“ETHICS COMPLAINT: Polygraph Expert: Test Inconclusive”

Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Frank Geary reports on a polygraph “test” that the Review-Journal paid Nevada polygrapher Dick Putnam to administer to Gene Smith, a fired Clark County, Nevada employee who has filed an ethics complaint “accusing Clark County Commissioner Erin Kenny of conspiring to break into the county administration building to copy records in …