Polygraph Results

Polygraph Results CJ 7 P

Overview

Polygraph results fail to conform to the Frye doctrine and are therefore inadmissible as evidence in court. This doctrine, enunciated in Frye v. United States (1923) states that, before the results of scientific tests will be admissible as evidence in a trial, the procedures used must be sufficiently established to have gained general acceptance in the particular field to which they belong. Most courts refuse to admit the results of polygraph (lie detector) tests in either civil or criminal proceedings unless admissibility is agreed to by both parties.

Instructions

Polygraph results are frequently used in other situations, such as pre-employment or background tests. If this is the case, it begs the question of why these results should be excluded from courtrooms.

For this assignment, prepare a three-page memorandum to your supervisor, an attorney, addressing the admissibility of polygraph results.

In your memorandum:

·Analyze the current position of the U.S. Supreme Court with respect to reliability and admissibility of polygraph evidence.

·Determine the potential impact of Frye v. United States on criminal cases.

Requirements

Your memorandum should meet the following requirements:

·References: A minimum of two references.

·Length of memorandum: Three pages, not including the title page and the references page.

 
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