Wednesday, September 24, 2003

New Mexico Judge Finds Polygraphy Unreliable

A New Mexico judge, tasked by the NM Supreme Court with assessing whether polygraph testimony should remain admissible in that state, has entered his findings, concluding that polygraphy is scientifically unreliable. (From via TalkLeft.)
Fed. R. Evid. 702: If scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, a witness qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education, may testify thereto in the form of an opinion or otherwise, if (1) the testimony is based upon sufficient facts or data, (2) the testimony is the product of reliable principles and methods, and (3) the witness has applied the principles and methods reliably to the facts of the case.