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August 19, 2005 | From a Times Staff Writer
A lawyer for Douglas R. Dowie, the former public relations executive accused of bilking the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power out of thousands of dollars in a bill-padding scheme, sought permission Thursday to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his client's upcoming trial. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess set a Sept. 26 hearing to consider the motion by Dowie's defense lawyer, Tom Holliday.
November 20, 2013 | By Kate Linthicum
Chase Merritt, the business partner and friend of Joseph McStay, gave an interview to a British tabloid newspaper, saying that he wanted to speak out to help catch the McStay family's killer. The McStay family vanished without a trace in 2010. Their remains were discovered last week and San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials said the family had been killed.  Merritt told the Daily Mail  he spent more than an hour with McStay the day he and his family went missing from their home in suburban San Diego County . Merritt, who said he was also the last person McStay called from his cellphone, said he does not know anything that could help solve the family's disappearance.
June 22, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Energy Department plans to give polygraph tests to as many as 5,000 nuclear weapon scientists and other employees in sensitive jobs, senior department officials say, with wholesale testing to begin later this summer. Fifty-six counterintelligence officers, including some at the nuclear weapon labs, already have volunteered to take the tests, said Edward J. Curran, director of the department's Office of Counterintelligence.
October 15, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
It didn't take long for legal proceedings between Albert Pujols and Jack Clark to get ugly, as an attorney representing Clark accused Pujols of using a false name and challenged the Angels slugger to tale a polygraph test to determine if Pujols is telling the truth when he claims he never used performance-enhancing drugs. Pujols' attorney deemed the request for a polygraph “ridiculous” and, in an email, said it was “an absurd publicity ploy by a lawyer known for his hyperbole.” Pujols filed a defamation suit in Missouri on Oct. 4 over Clark's early August accusation on a radio show that Pujols used PEDs.
A Superior Court judge granted a temporary injunction Friday blocking the Los Angeles Police Department from continuing to administer polygraph tests to officers seeking promotions or transfers--a practice that dates back about 20 years. The tests have been performed routinely, especially for officers applying for jobs in the narcotics division, where applicants are often questioned about whether they have used drugs.
The lawyer for Ted S. Teyechea, one of two Los Angeles police officers accused of firing at a California Highway Patrol officer during a drunken shooting spree last week, said Monday that Teyechea passed a lie detector test when he denied shooting his gun at the officer or anyone else. Teyechea and Michael V. Herrera were arrested Wednesday after they allegedly fired at a CHP officer who had stopped to write a motorist a ticket.
May 25, 2000 | From Associated Press
JonBenet Ramsey's parents said Wednesday that they passed a polygraph test given by a private expert, but Boulder, Colo., police reiterated that they would seriously consider only a test administered by the FBI. The polygraph test indicated the Ramseys did not "attempt to deceive" when they said they did not know who beat and strangled their 6-year-old daughter in 1996, said examiner Ed Gelb, a former president of the American Polygraph Assn.
March 24, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly 500 FBI employees will be ordered to take polygraph tests next week as a result of the arrest of alleged spy Robert Philip Hanssen, the Washington Post reported. FBI Director Louis J. Freeh also ordered reviews of all sensitive investigations to determine whether agents have accessed information outside their normal duties. Among those to be tested are 150 top managers at FBI headquarters in Washington and special agents in charge of their departments.
March 9, 1988 | KEITH BRADSHER
Polygraph machines can be fooled. What the equipment does is measure changes in pulse, blood pressure, fingertip perspiration and respiration--body functions that may be altered by the stress of deceit. The trouble is, a variety of tricks can produce the same effects. Trying to beat a polygraph involves increasing stress during innocent questions, perhaps one confirming the test taker's name, and relaxing while answering tough questions or telling lies.
Is the polygraph a reliable "lie detector" that can convict the guilty and free the innocent, or a pseudoscientific fraud that has no place in a court of law? That is an old question, but it came before the Supreme Court for the first time Monday. The answer has the potential to reshape virtually every trial in the nation. Polygraph results have been banned from most courts for nearly all of this century.
October 9, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Lois Ann Goodman, the tennis judge arrested the day before this year's U.S. Open and charged in her husband's death, has passed a polygraph test in which she denied bludgeoning him with a coffee cup. Goodman's attorneys told Associated Press that they have emailed the results to the district attorney's office and want prosecutors to consider dismissing charges against the 70-year-old woman. “I'm hopeful that they are going to reassess their case,” Alison Triessl, one of Goodman's attorneys, said in a phone interview with Associated Press.
June 20, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - As part of his effort to plug leaks, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper is considering a proposal to force intelligence agency employees to answer a direct question in their polygraph examinations about whether they have disclosed information to reporters, according to officials familiar with the matter. Government officials who seek top-secret clearances are subject to an initial polygraph test and periodic renewals, in many cases every five years. Currently, they are asked whether they have ever disclosed classified information to someone not authorized to receive it.  But they are not specifically asked about contacts with the news media.
October 1, 2010 | By Seema Mehta and Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times
Meg Whitman launched a forceful effort Thursday to regain control of her campaign for governor, pledging to take a lie detector test if necessary to prove that she and her husband were unaware they had employed an illegal immigrant housekeeper for nine years until the woman confessed her status in 2009. "If it comes to that, absolutely," she said at a hastily called news conference in Santa Monica, her husband, Griff Harsh, at her side. "Absolutely, because we were stunned. " But Whitman's lengthy defense was undercut by the second in a dramatic duel of widely broadcast news conferences as the housekeeper's attorney, Gloria Allred, produced a copy of a government letter sent six years before Nicandra Diaz Santillan was fired alerting the couple to potential problems.
November 15, 2007 | Jocelyn Y. Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Chris Gugas built a career on one simple human foible: the tendency to lie. A polygraph expert, Gugas spent decades ferreting out the truth using a lie detector test. The tests he administered helped confirm the sins of the guilty, and helped free the falsely accused. In the business world, the polygraph steered employers away from job candidates who were likely to embezzle or engage in other misdeeds. Gugas' faith in the test was unshakable. "Polygraph is not perfect; it can never be perfect.
September 14, 2007 | From the Associated Press
A judge halted the scheduled Thursday execution of double-murder convict Joseph Lave after the district attorney's office found a polygraph test that the defense had requested for years. The test, administered to a codefendant, reflects on the man's credibility, said Mike Ware, of the conviction integrity unit of the Dallas County district attorney's office. The two previous district attorneys apparently failed to turn it over, Ware said.
August 10, 2007 | Joshua Goodman, Associated Press
BOGOTA, Colombia -- Have you ever cheated on your spouse? Stolen money from your boss? Do you consider yourself a better person than your mother-in-law? Coming soon to U.S. television is a game show that has taken Colombia by storm. Similar productions are being sped up in Brazil, France and Britain. The concept: Watch people squirm while they're being interrogated.
August 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
FBI agents have questioned nearly all 37 members of the Senate and House intelligence committees and have asked many if they would be willing to submit to polygraph tests as part of a broad investigation into leaks of classified information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to officials involved in the inquiry.
April 12, 2000 | Associated Press
The Boulder Police Department and the district attorney said Tuesday that they will take John and Patsy Ramsey up on their offer to undergo a polygraph test in the death of their daughter, JonBenet. Authorities said in a statement they agree to the Ramseys' publicly announced conditions, including having an examiner independent of the Boulder police, and have notified the Ramseys' lawyers. The Ramseys raised the issue of a polygraph during media interviews about their new book on the case.
April 26, 2006 | Greg Miller, Times Staff Writer
Despite the CIA's goal of cracking down on leaks of classified information, the government may forgo criminal charges against a senior agency officer fired last week for disclosing operational secrets, according to current and former intelligence and law enforcement officials.
October 14, 2005 | David Rosenzweig, Times Staff Writer
Former public relations executive Douglas R. Dowie will not be allowed to introduce the results of a privately administered polygraph test at his upcoming trial on charges of padding bills to the Department of Water and Power, a federal judge has ruled. U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess said that if Dowie "wants to present his side ... he is free to do so by taking the stand and testifying at trial, at which time he will be subject like all other witnesses to cross-examination."
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