Re: Lie Detector
Scott Drown (scottdd@HALCYON.COM)
Fri, 28 Apr 1995 07:50:12 -0800
Skip said in an earlier posting that a lie detector might be something that
a person acused could use.
Yes, a lie detector test or polygraph is an option that a Scouter could ask
for when accused of sexual abuse or other wrongdoing but there are problems
with it. It is not an exact science and does give false readings or is
read incorrectly despite the wishes of the operator. This is why it is not
accepted in coourt after having been around for so many years.
There are other devices out there - voice stress analysis that also do
similar tasks - with the same problem. But all they are are tools to help
a law enforcement officer or investigator do an interview. If all else
fails you could
take the test knowing the risk that even if you are innocent it might say
you are lying, or vice versa.
Generally. a prosecutor will not prosecute a case if the suspect has passed
a polygraph unless there is additional strong evidence to indicate guilt.
I am interested in something else that came up - how many Scouters are
getting into trouble and getting sued over things like Youth Protectiion
Scott Drown, ASM Troop 39 Maltby, Wa.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City