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Idaho Supreme Court Rejects Polygraph Evidence
Nov 6th, 2003 at 6:14pm
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In a ruling handed down Wed., 5 November 2003 in Idaho v. Perry, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled polygraph evidence inadmissible. Perry had sought the admission of testimony by Dr. Charles R. Honts regarding a polygraph examination that he administered. The 9-page ruling may be downloaded here:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/idahostatecases/sc/10311/perry.pdf
  

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Re: Idaho Supreme Court Rejects Polygraph Evidence
Reply #1 - Nov 6th, 2003 at 7:26pm
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In a ruling handed down Wed., 5 November 2003 in Idaho v. Perry, the Idaho Supreme Court ruled polygraph evidence inadmissible. Perry had sought the admission of testimony by Dr. Charles R. Honts regarding a polygraph examination that he administered. The 9-page ruling may be downloaded here:

http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data2/idahostatecases/sc/10311/perry.pdf


George,

Fascinating opinion. Yet another opinion tossing polygraph testimony which would have been favorable to the defense. And no less than by Hont's himself. It was interesting to see how the NAS report was cited to include the polygraph testimony. That's a new one.

The polygraph seems to be ok to be used for screening, widely agreed to be less accurate than specific incident tests, but not good enough that a defendant can even bring it up (in a specific incidence test) to a jury to defend themselves from a murder charge.

In any case it tells you what the prosecutors think of how valid a polygraph is even when given by one of the best known experts.

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