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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by Wake View Post
    If the polygraph says he's telling the truth, I'd believe it.

    Ever seen the show Judge Ross? Or Maury or Steve Wilkos?

    They all use lie detectors.

    Why exactly is this guy any different?
    Were you taught logic at a bar or something? Maury and Joe Ross are TV shows. There is no such thing as a lie detector test. Actually, polygraphy is pretty much a pseudoscience.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    As far as I know, only if you honestly believe you are telling the truth (and you aren't), or if you have enough conscious control of your autonomic responses to keep your cool while being tested.
    Polygraphs CAN be fooled. When ATF agents were trying to infiltrate the Mongols MC, they were given polygraph tests by the club leaders. They all passed. They are trained to pass polygraphs. They just had to "get into character". They constrict their rectums when telling the truth and relax then when they are lying. It's fairly simple. Remember this if you ever need to take one.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Polygraphs, while only admissible in some courts if both sides agree before the test that results can be used, are useful investigative tools. I say "some courts" because not every court will allow them even under these circumstances. If either side disagrees, the results cannot be used. In most courts, even the mention of a polygraph examination is enough for a mistrial.

    And I understand there's a reason for that. The results are not guaranteed. They can be beaten. Expert polygraph examiners, however, are watching for those tricks. If they see them, then those tricks alone tell the tale. Not only can they be consciously beaten, but one could be telling the truth and still fail.

    However, having said that, a polygraph exam, combined with no witness testimony (or weak testimony) to contradict Zimmerman's story would be just one more piece of evidence that, if he passed, would indicate he was telling the truth.

    Kind of a moot point, though. 'Cause I doubt seriously that his attorney would ever agree to let him take one.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mickey Shane View Post
    Polygraphs CAN be fooled. When ATF agents were trying to infiltrate the Mongols MC, they were given polygraph tests by the club leaders. They all passed. They are trained to pass polygraphs. They just had to "get into character". They constrict their rectums when telling the truth and relax then when they are lying. It's fairly simple. Remember this if you ever need to take one.
    That doesn't contradict what I said at all. If you can keep your autonomic nervous system responses controlled, you can pass a polygraph test while lying.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by joko104 View Post
    ... would you believe what he told the police? This is NOT asking if you believe what he did was legal or right. Rather, only would you believe his story?
    I would have to weight it with all other evidence. I don't see a polygraph as the definitive test.

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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    The vote is "other"..
    Apparently, these polygraph tests do not work, are not admissible..It matters not if I believe him or not.
    The thing is, and the the question should be : should the Zimmermans of this world be allowed to own and use guns ?
    Further : should America continue to be a backward nation...
    In other words, the guns must go !
    And then, the Martins would still be here.

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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Were you taught logic at a bar or something? Maury and Joe Ross are TV shows. There is no such thing as a lie detector test. Actually, polygraphy is pretty much a pseudoscience.
    Scary that one would think think that a TV show is real life...close at times...but not reliable.
    I think these lie detectors are from a previous century...along with torture....
    That some still cling to these......

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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Further : should America continue to be a backward nation...
    In other words, the guns must go !
    And then, the Martins would still be here.
    Certainly you're not silly enough to believe that.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Further : should America continue to be a backward nation...
    In other words, the guns must go !
    And then, the Martins would still be here.
    You forgot knives, people stab and kill. In other words, knives must go, and the Martins would still be here. Oh and cars kill, have to ban them too.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by Born Free View Post
    You forgot knives, people stab and kill. In other words, knives must go, and the Martins would still be here. Oh and cars kill, have to ban them too.
    Hands and feet can kill, so can string/wires/rope, pencils, scissors... hell, even a soup spoon could kill... gotta ban all that stuff man. All of it's gotta go.
    I think if Thomas Jefferson were looking down, the author of the Bill of Rights, on whats being proposed here, hed agree with it. He would agree that the First Amendment cannot be absolute. - Chuck Schumer (D). Yet, Madison and Mason wrote the Bill of Rights, according to Sheila Jackson Lee, 400 years ago. Yup, it's a fact.


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