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    If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    ... 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?
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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?
    Zimmerman...

    Is he that guy down in Flordia who shot an unarmed person?

    Mistakenly, or with ill intent, depending on whom you believe.



    Polygraph's can be fooled.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Polygraphs are junk science. It would not sway me one way or another.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Zimmerman...

    Is he that guy down in Flordia who shot an unarmed person?

    Mistakenly, or with ill intent, depending on whom you believe.



    Polygraph's can be fooled.
    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.
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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.
    Precisely.

    Additionally, I understand that if the person being tested is in a constant state of emotional distress, or perhaps pain (which translates into emotional distress), they cannot be tested accurately (perhaps not at all?).
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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?
    Likely not. Polygraphs are not admissible into court for a reason. I'll go off of actual evidence when it is presented.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    polygraph results would not hold up in a court of law,about the only thing a polygraph test is good for is testing stress levels for high stress jobs like joining the police or cia.

    polygraph tests also tend to make innocent people look guilty and guilty people look innocent,it all just depends on how good they are at answering questions under stress.
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Likely not. Polygraphs are admissible into court for a reason. I'll go off of actual evidence when it is presented.
    You mean NOT admissible, right?
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    Re: If Zimmerman took an independent polygraph test...

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark
    Precisely.

    Additionally, I understand that if the person being tested is in a constant state of emotional distress, or perhaps pain (which translates into emotional distress), they cannot be tested accurately (perhaps not at all?).
    It can still be tested. Polygraphs are administered with an extensive control period, not just a poly administrator asking 1 or 2 questions. You can't determine baselines in 10 seconds.

    Polygraphs are reliable enough that they are admissible in court. I think the accuracy rating on them is somewhere around 97%.

    Also, people who run around and say "I can beat the test" are, generally, full of it. Not to say that it's impossible, but for the average person to think that they can beat a machine and a trainer administrator is laughable.

    I'm confident enough to say that I would believe someone who passed the test, unless they made an obvious, blatant lie.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Travelsonic View Post
    You mean NOT admissible, right?
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    *yes, that's what I meant...fixed it*
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