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Polygraph examinations just aren't admissible....period. Farm Bureau gets new trial

Farm Bureau refused to pay Randall Dillard's homeowner's claim for vandalism and theft.  It pointed to evidence that suggested an "inside" job, despite that fact that Dillard too, and passed, a polygraph.  When the case went to trial, the Judge allowed Dillard to offer into evidence the fact of passing the polygraph and perhaps for that reason, the jury ruled in his favor.  On appeal, the Court of Appeals noted that currently neither Michigan nor Federal courts allow for the admission of polygraph evidence.  Both court systems consider the evidence to be too unreliable.  Dillard will have to prove his case without the polygraph corroboration.

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