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May 27, 1990 | Associated Press Inquirer staff writer Emilie Lounsberry contributed to this article
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh took a lie-detector test during an investigation into news leaks concerning Rep. William H. Gray 3d of Philadelphia, the New York Times reported yesterday. The Times also reported that the U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia, Michael M. Baylson, "provided deceptive answers during a polygraph examination" during the same investigation, according to Bush administration officials. In an interview yesterday with The Inquirer, Baylson would not say whether he had been given a polygraph examination.
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September 19, 2011 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In high school, Greg Thomas dreamed of playing baseball, until he stopped growing at 5-foot-6. That's when he started thinking about law enforcement. "I loved how every day was different," he says, "how you get to interact with people, and figure them out, how you have to be able to determine the difference between truth and deception. " He left New Bedford, Mass., for La Salle University, where he got a criminal-justice degree, and he stayed in town for a master's at St. Joe's.
NEWS
December 31, 1986 | By TYREE JOHNSON, Daily News Staff Writer
Rita Michetti says she passed all of the tests to become a Philadelphia police officer, except the one with the little black box that showed she was lying about being a U.S. citizen. "I was born in Philadelphia 25 years ago and my parents are Americans, too," said Michetti, who is disputing the results of two failed lie-detector tests that are preventing her from becoming a police officer. Charles Plower says he also took the mandatory police polygraph test, but flunked it three times on questions that branded him a drug user or pusher.
NEWS
February 11, 1986 | By Christopher Hepp, Inquirer Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker testified yesterday that his efforts to return "integrity and credibility" to the Police Department would be severely undermined if he is not permitted to use polygraph test results to determine which officers to transfer to a new special-investigation unit. "It would be devastating to the program I have in mind," Tucker told Common Pleas Court Judge Thomas A. White when asked what would happen if he were not permitted to use the tests. "We have to put the corruption issue behind us. The way to do that is to return integrity to the department.
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February 6, 1987 | By Ellen O'Brien, Inquirer Staff Writer (Inquirer wire services contributed to this article.)
Former Philadelphia Eagles football player Kevin Allen passed a voluntary polygraph test last month in which he denied that he had raped a woman on a Margate beach on Labor Day, Allen's attorney told an Atlantic County Superior Court judge in Mays Landing, N.J., yesterday. In papers filed before Judge Paul R. Porreca, attorney Lloyd Levenson said results of the Jan. 23 test indicated that Allen "was truthful when he denied threatening (the woman), was truthful when he denied using any force . . . and was truthful when he denied forcing (the woman)
NEWS
June 9, 1992 | BY CHUCK STONE
I wasn't on death row - as Robert Keith Coleman was - when I took my lie detector test. But after it was over, I walked away mistakenly convinced I had flunked. It is a debilitating and dehumanizing experience, even though you know you are telling the truth. A friend of Coleman's said the convicted Virginia murderer was "devastated" when told he had failed the polygraph on May 20, because it meant inevitable execution within hours. Coleman strode stoically to his death later that day, insisting with a quiet passion that he was innocent of raping his sister-in-law and stabbing her to death in a tiny rural community.
NEWS
February 1, 1986 | By JOE O'DOWD, Daily News Staff Writer
Police Commissioner Kevin M. Tucker wants to form an elite unit composed of police officers willing to take a polygraph test. Tucker sent out a message about the unit to all police personnel shortly before noon yesterday. But he provided few details in the message or in a subsequent interview. He didn't even give it a name. "I'm looking to create a new unit," he said. "It's going to impact on reorganization of existing units. They will be required to take a polygraph. If they don't take a polygraph, they're not going to get into the unit.
NEWS
May 31, 2007 | By Gayle Ronan Sims INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Joseph M. Brophy, 87, of the Northeast, who lived a colorful life as a Philadelphia Police Department chief inspector and as the first commander of the polygraph unit, died of a stroke Sunday at Nazareth Hospital. "Joe Brophy was among Philadelphia's finest," said Richard A. Sprague, who worked with Inspector Brophy in the 1970s in the District Attorney's Office. "He conducted polygraph tests in the trial that resulted in the conviction of United Mine Workers president Tony Boyle, who was convicted of ordering the 1969 murder of Joseph Yablonski.
SPORTS
July 1, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
The parents of one of three Duke University lacrosse players charged with raping a woman at a team party said their son took a polygraph test and can prove he is innocent. In an interview with NBC's "Today" that aired yesterday, Kevin Finnerty would not reveal specifics of his son Collin Finnerty's alibi, but he mentioned cell phone and dormitory access records. "He has numerous eye witnesses every step of the way, every minute of the night," Kevin Finnerty said. Collin Finnerty was indicted in April on charges of rape, kidnapping and sexual offense.
NEWS
May 3, 1988 | By JIM SMITH, Daily News Staff Writer Staff writers Gloria Campisi and Joe O'Dowd contributed to this report
While polygraphs may not be foolproof, officials in Philadelphia may use the so-called "lie-detector" tests to screen applicants for police and prison jobs, a federal appeals court ruled yesterday. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia reverses an earlier ruling by a federal district judge that the use of the polygraph by those departments is unconstitutional. "The polygraph has the reliability of the Ouija board," said Richard Costello, recording secretary of the local chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police.
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March 7, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE PHILADELPHIA Catholic priest on trial for allegedly molesting an altar boy in 1997 was suspended from ministry in 2011 after he twice gave deceptive answers during polygraph tests when asked about touching children's genitals, a prosecutor said yesterday. The revelation about the Rev. Andrew McCormick, 57, was made in court by Assistant District Attorney Kristen Kemp. It was made following the closing arguments by defense lawyer William J. Brennan and after the jury had been escorted from the room.
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September 20, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia prosecutors scoffed Tuesday at a new claim by defense lawyers that they withheld evidence that might have helped Msgr. William J. Lynn at his landmark child-sex abuse and endangerment trial. The District Attorney's Office never received a formal statement or polygraph results suggesting that Lynn's codefendant, former priest Edward Avery, lied when he admitted sexually assaulting an altar boy, according to Hugh Burns, chief of the appeals unit. The accuser's testimony about the 1999 attack became a cornerstone of Lynn's trial.
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September 19, 2012 | By John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Philadelphia prosecutors scoffed Tuesday at a new claim by defense lawyers that they withheld evidence that might have helped Msgr. William J. Lynn at his landmark child-sex abuse and endangerment trial. The District Attorney's Office never received a formal statement or polygraph results suggesting that Lynn's codefendant, former priest Edward Avery, had lied when he admitted sexually assaulting an altar boy, according to Hugh Burns, chief of the appeals unit. The accuser's testimony about the 1999 attack became a cornerstone of Lynn's trial.
NEWS
December 22, 2011
Former Deputy Chief County Detective Edmund H.C. Justice has been chosen to replace Oscar Vance as head of Montgomery County's detectives, officials have announced. Vance will retire as chief on Jan. 17 after a 48-year career in law enforcement. He has spent the last 30 years as chief county detective. Justice will step up on Jan. 23, announced Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman. Justice served in the U.S. Navy from 1966 to 1970. He began his local law enforcement career in 1971 as a patrolman for the Horsham Township Police Department.
NEWS
October 10, 2011 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
I'm not going to sit here and tell you Charles Zul would be a great Philly cop. All I know is that he was in the Police Explorers all through Father Judge, served as an Army Ranger in Iraq and Afghanistan, and upon his discharge aimed straight for law enforcement. He's another candidate for the Philadelphia Police Department who was told he flubbed a mandatory lie-detector test. He joins Greg Thomas, his colleague in the fugitive-nabbing warrant unit of the city court system, and guys like Dominic "Anthony" Mallamaci, who for six years has been walking the beat in Brooklyn for the New York City police but was told his test results alone doomed his candidacy to serve in his hometown.
NEWS
September 19, 2011 | By Daniel Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
In high school, Greg Thomas dreamed of playing baseball, until he stopped growing at 5-foot-6. That's when he started thinking about law enforcement. "I loved how every day was different," he says, "how you get to interact with people, and figure them out, how you have to be able to determine the difference between truth and deception. " He left New Bedford, Mass., for La Salle University, where he got a criminal-justice degree, and he stayed in town for a master's at St. Joe's.
NEWS
April 1, 2011
RE YOUR article last week on Philadelphia Eagle LeSean McCoy missing an event for the fans: I was willing to give him a second chance. My family and I are dedicated Eagles fans and were very excited to find out that Mr. McCoy was signing autographs at the Oaks Car Show on the weekend. As we waited to get his autograph, my young sons were eager to meet him. McCoy was very nice to them and even asked them questions. But a few minutes later, my oldest son said, "I can never be a fan of his again.
NEWS
December 29, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
When the numbers were squared away, George Carty turned to his wife in the courtroom, put his hands together as if in prayer and said three words he's been longing to utter for years. "I'm coming home," he whispered before being led back to the Cape May County Jail a few miles away from the courthouse. In the hallway, Cheryl Carty danced on the tiled floor, simultaneously crying and laughing while hugging strangers. With the help of a bail bondsman, Cheryl hoped to have her husband, jailed without a trial since 2007 in a 28-year-old murder case, home "by supper," she said.
NEWS
December 28, 2010 | By JASON NARK, narkj@phillynews.com 856-779-3231
Saturday was George Carty's fourth Christmas in jail without a trial, but his attorney is hoping that a recent court decision may have the medical-school graduate out by 2011. Last week, the New Jersey Appellate Court in Trenton upheld a 2009 decision by Cape May County Superior Judge Raymond Batten to throw out statements Carty gave to investigators looking into the 1982 murder of John Attenborough, his former colleague and drinking buddy. Carty's attorney, Dave Stefankiewicz, hopes to have a hearing by week's end to address the former Scrabble wizard's $250,000 bail.
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January 13, 2010 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
In an interview with an ESPN radio station in Chicago yesterday, Jose Canseco took issue with his former "Bash Brother" on the Athletics, Mark McGwire, insisting that McGwire had misremembered their days together in Oakland. Canseco challenged McGwire to take a public polygraph after McGwire again denied that Canseco ever injected him with steriods in the clubhouse toilet stall. "I want to see him call me a liar under a polygraph examination," Canseco said. McGwire said on MLB Network on Monday that Canseco made up that story in his 2005 book, Juiced.
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