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Bob McCarty is the author of two nonfiction books, Three Days In August (October 2011) and The Clapper Memo (May 2013), and one fiction novel, The National Bet (August 2014). All are available for purchase at Amazon.com.

Polygraph Examiner’s Tactics Cost Taxpayers Millions

How much does it cost American taxpayers when polygraph is used in a criminal investigation? Members of a federal court jury in Putnam County, N.Y., decided Thursday it would cost them millions.

Click image above to learn more about Jeff Deskovic at The Innocence Project.

Click image above to learn more about Jeff Deskovic at The Innocence Project.

Jurors awarded Jeffrey Deskovic $40 million, according to one news report, after finding that ex-Putnam Sheriff’s Investigator Daniel Stephens fabricated evidence and coerced Deskovic’s false confession to the 1989 murder and rape of a Peekskill High School classmate. A pre-trial agreement, however, will limit the payout to $10 million.

The verdict comes almost eight years after DNA evidence proved Deskovic, now 41, was not involved in the crime. As far as I’m concerned, the most interesting aspect of this story can be found in a single paragraph:

The federal jury found that Stephens fabricated the ejaculation statement and, through his aggressive, hours-long polygraph examination, coerced Deskovic into confessing when he was interrogated again by Peekskill Detective Thomas McIntyre. Jurors also found Stephens conspired with detectives to violate Deskovic’s constitutional rights.

Why the interest on my part? Because Deskovic’s wrongful conviction was one of several I highlighted in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

To learn more about The Clapper Memo, read other posts about the book.

To understand everything I’ve uncovered about the polygraph and other credibility assessment technologies, order a copy of The Clapper Memo.

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Green Beret Holds No Grudge Against His German Accuser

Few people would blame Kelly A. Stewart for harboring bad feelings toward the German woman whose accusations led to his court-martial, his conviction and time behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  But the former Army Green Beret holds no grudge.

Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq.

Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq.

“I won’t even go there, because… you can’t be mad at somebody like that,” said Stewart, the Soldier whose life is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice.

Stewart’s statement above, made during an interview May 18, 2011, came moments after he challenged me to find anyone who’s heard him say anything negative about his accuser.

“When you have a toddler and that toddler spills milk, you can’t be made at that toddler because that’s that toddlers do,” he continued.  “No matter if that toddler breaks your best iPod or does anything to you, you can’t get mad.  You get frustrated, but you can’t get mad and you can’t hold resentment toward him, because he’s just a kid, just a toddler.

“I don’t think, realistically, that she understands what she’s doing, so I can’t be mad at her,” Stewart said.  “Really, I’m more disappointed with the people who have allowed it to go this far.  That’s where most of my disappointment — or hurt — is.”

Find out more about the events that changed Stewart’s life forever inside the pages of Three Days In August, the book about which New York Times best-selling author Richard Miniter wrote the following:

“Well-written and thoroughly researched, Three Days In August paints a convincing portrait of a military justice process that appears to have lacked one essential element – justice.” — Richard Miniter

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