Woman Found Innocent Eight Years After Polygraph Exam

Eight years after being subjected to a police polygraph exam and, later, convicted of murder in the 2005 death of her four-year-old son, Nicole Harris is listed among 87 individuals exonerated during 2013, according to a report released today by officials at the National Registry of Exonerations.

Click image above to download exoneration report (pdf).

Click image above to download exoneration report (pdf).

The Chicago Tribune reported on Harris’ exoneration June 18, 2013:

In a strongly worded opinion, the justices of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote in October that there were reasons to question the confession, including an alleged eyewitness account by her then-5-year-old son.

They also cited the fact that physical evidence contradicted one version of her alleged confession — police said she first confessed to killing Jaquari by wrapping a phone cord around his neck. The medical examiner determined that a phone cord was not used. The court also noted that the confession came after she took a polygraph. The Tribune examined Harris’ case as part of its investigation earlier this year into Chicago police’s use of polygraphs in obtaining false confessions.

One needs only take a look at the Chicago Tribune‘s many articles about false confessions — several of which mention the role polygraph exams played in obtaining wrongful convictions — to understand the scope of this problem and realize Harris isn’t alone.

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To understand more about century-old polygraph technology and the impact its continued exclusive use by several federal government agencies is having on individuals in civilian, military and intelligence circles, one needs only read my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received high praise from several individuals who appreciate its implications. Notably, a retired Navy SEALs training program commander who endorsed the book described what I reveal in it as “an unconscionable cover-up.”

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Chicagolanders Have Reason To Be Nervous — Very Nervous

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that examiners in the Chicago Police Department’s polygraph unit have been moved from the forensic services division to human resources.  Instead of conducting exams during the course of criminal investigations, they will focus more of their efforts on administering pre-employment polygraph exams to police officer candidates.  Such a move should make Chicagoland residents nervous for many reasons.

False Confessions Chicago

When one realizes that, according to the same Tribune report, CPD officials scaled back their use of the polygraph in the course of criminal investigations because of too many false confessions, the fact that the same false confession-generating technology will be used to screen prospective police officers, the prospect of more corruption and wrongdoing inside the CPD looms increasingly large.  After all, Edward Snowden passed several pre-employment polygraph exams, you know.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I address the subject of polygraph-generated false confessions and cite experts such as Dr. Drew Campbell Richardson, a former FBI supervisory special agent assigned to the bureau’s Laboratory Division and a man I describe as the “Mother of All Polygraph Skeptics.”  He had a lot to say about false confessions, including the following, when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee:

TCM Richardson Story LR 5-13-13“Because of the nature of this type of examination, it would normally be expected to produce large numbers of false positive results (falsely accusing an examinee of lying about some issue). As a result of the great consequences of doing this with large numbers of law enforcement and intelligence community officers, the test has now been manipulated to reduce false positive results, but consequently has no power to detect deception in espionage and other national security matters.”

To learn more about what Dr. Richardson had to say about the polygraph, read FBI Agent Thrashes Polygraph During Senate Testimony.

To read more about the polygraph and the federal government’s reliance on the polygraph that former CIA Director John Deutch called “truly insane,” order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, the book has been ENDORSED by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Chicago Police Polygraph Use Down Due to False Confessions

Officials at the Chicago Police Department seem to have reached the same conclusion about polygraph results that I reached after conducting four years of exhaustive research into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.

False Confessions ChicagoCPD has, according to a Chicago Tribune report Thursday, drastically scaled back on giving so-called lie-detector tests in the course of criminal investigations.  The decision came after decades of relying on controversial polygraph examinations to help solve crimes.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share many important findings, including:

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13• Details of the win-at-all-cost strategy employed by polygraph loyalists to discredit all challengers to their technology’s status as the U.S. Government’s credibility assessment tool of choice;

The lengths to which high-ranking polygraph loyalists inside the Departments of Defense and Justice have shown they are willing to go to maintain their foothold in the credibility assessment arena when challenged by backers of a newer credibility assessment tool proven more reliable and more effective than polygraph;

Conflicts of interest and ethical lapses on the part of senior government officials and expose revealing communications between individuals on both ends of lucrative government research grants that yielded pro-polygraph results;

Descriptions of how law enforcement officers across the United States use non-polygraph technology successfully as an investigative tool during both routine and high-profile criminal investigations; and

Firsthand accounts obtained during exclusive interviews with Americans who used non-polygraph technology to interrogate enemy combatants, detainees, and criminal suspects in places like Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Mexico and Iraq.

Of course, I share more findings inside THE CLAPPER MEMO, but you’ll have to ORDER A COPY to find out what earned this book ENDORSEMENTS from several high-profile Americans.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Chicago Versus Afghanistan: Statistics Prove ‘Gun Control’ Doesn’t Make Americans Safer

Those calling for more restrictions on gun ownership in the United States need only compare Chicago to Afghanistan for proof that so-called “gun control” laws don’t make Americans safer.

Afghanistan Safe Than Chicago in 2012

 

According to a WBEZ.org report published Dec. 28, officials with the Chicago Police Department confirmed that Chicago had reached the 500-murders milestone with three days remaining in the calendar year.   Conversely, http://icasualties.org reported 309 American deaths in Afghanistan with two days to go in 2012.

Should we expect residents of Chicago, home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, to be moving to Afghanistan soon?  Of course not!  Thanks to the national news media’s anti-gun bias, most will never know that Chicago had 191 more killings than did the entire nation of Afghanistan.

SEE ALSO:  I shared a similar report three and a half years ago.

UPDATE 12/30/2012 at 6:42 p.m. Central:  More evidence of anti-gun bias seen in national news media’s failure to report on another Aurora, Colo.-style theater shooting that was thwarted by a good guy with a gun.

UPDATE 1/01/2013 AT 5:42 p.m. Central:  According to another source, Chicago tallied 532 murders during 2012.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

 

Smalltown Mayor Blocks Effort to Honor War Dead

Residents of the village of Gurnee, Ill., simply wanted to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, leaving behind wives, children and extended family and friends — and then they ran into Mayor Kristy Kovarik.

PFC Geoffrey Morris, USMC

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, people in and around the Chicagoland town of 32,000 have buried seven of their beloved men who died while wearing the uniforms of their country on faraway battlefields:  Sgt. Edward G. Davis III, 31, Marine Corps; Sgt. Jason C. Denfrund, 24, Army; Spc. Joseph W. Dimock II, 21, Army; Capt. Shane R. Mahaffee, 36, Army; LCpl. Sean P. Maher, 19, Marine Corps; PFC Geoffrey S. Morris, 19, Marine Corps; and Army Spc. Wesley Wells, 21.

For nearly three years, Gold Star Dad Kirk Morris has been engaged in a legal fight, the goal of which is to construct a public memorial that will be known as the Heroes of Freedom Memorial and serve to honor men like those listed above, including his son Geoffrey, who died in combat in Iraq on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004.

Mayor Kristina Kovarik

Sadly, Morris finds himself up against Mayor Kovarik in a battle that makes little sense.

On Jan. 4, 2010, soon after Kovarik took office as the new mayor, she vetoed a development agreement between the village and the PFC Geoffrey Morris Memorial Foundation, founded by Kirk Morris, that had been approved by a 5-0 vote of Gurnee’s board.  In response, officials with the foundation filed suit, seeking monetary damages from the city.  The foundation had, after all, spent a sizable amount of money to develop the site in preparation for construction.

When the case finally appeared on the verge of going to trial July 13, attorneys representing Gurnee raised two settlement options with their counterparts representing the foundation.  Important to note, neither option presented was conditional or subject to further approval by the board or the mayor.

In court the morning of July 16, Gurnee’s lead attorney informed Judge Jorge L. Ortiz that the village had made offers to settle the matter and that it need not go to trial.

According to the foundation’s Response to Motion to Vacate filed Aug. 22, the case was resolved on terms proposed by Gurnee officials after some minor revisions by lead foundation attorney Robert T. O’Donnell.  As a result, the village was able to avoid a trial in which the mayor would have been called as an adverse witness.

In the same document, O’Donnell offered his description of what happened next:

…almost immediately upon leaving the courthouse and achieving its goal of avoiding trial that day, the Village and, specifically, the Mayor, attempted to backtrack from the very agreement it reached hours earlier.  Over the next two weeks, the Village engaged in a series of acts that misrepresented the events of July 16 and undermined the settlement process supervised by Judge Dunn.

The foundation’s basic argument, according to the same filing in the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit in Lake County, Ill., is as follows:

On July 14, the Village, through its attorneys, made an unconditional settlement offer.  On the morning of July 16, Village attorneys represented to Judge Ortiz that the case could not proceed to trial because the offer provided the Foundation with all the relief to which it was entitled.  Later that morning, Village attorneys represented to the Foundation and Judge Dunn that they were in contact with the Mayor and that all negotiations that morning were fully authorized by the Village.  Based upon those unequivocal statements, the Foundation agreed to discuss the settlement with the Village.  With the Court’s knowledge and supervision, the final settlement, based upon a proposal made by the Village, was reached on July 16.

The Court should reject the Village’s renunciation and enforce the terms of the Agree Order.

After using a half-dozen points to rehash the key points of his argument, foundation attorney McDonnell offered this conclusion:

The Village cannot be allowed to say and do whatever is necessary to avoid a trial, and then after succeeding to do so, avoid the consequences of its decision by hiding behind the fact (misrepresented as it was) that the Villages’s Board did not approve the actions of its attorneys and Mayor.  Carried to its logical extreme, no Court or opposing party could ever be assured of a settlement with a municipality absent a resolution or ordinance of that municipality.  Yet, that is not done, because the parties and the Court are permitted to, and do, rely upon the representations of counsel that they are acting with authority.  For all of the above reasons, the Village’s motion should be denied.

The case is set for another court hearing before Judge Margaret Mullen Oct. 9 in Gurnee.  For more nitty-gritty details, read this document.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Please accept my apology and let me know if I’ve missed recognizing any Gurnee natives whose names should also appear on the list of heroes above.  I will gladly add their names to the list.  Thanks!

UPDATE 1/19/2013 at 7:36 p.m. Central:  I received word today from a reliable source that Kirk Morris is now running for mayor of Gurnee, Ill. — against Kristy Kovarik.  This should be interesting.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

‘Best of Blago Editorial Cartoons’ Revisited

It’s today’s big news story:  Jurors convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on 17 of 20 counts, including all counts related to trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.  To mark this momentous occasion, I’m sharing the “Best of Blago Editorial Cartoons” below that have appeared on this blog since 2009.

“PSST… HEY BUDDY…” by My Personal Litmus shows the governor peddling a U.S. Senate seat beneath a street light on a Chicago street corner at night.

“Obama’s Blago Problem” by David Donar at Political Graffiiti shows what was at the heart of the relationship between Obama and then-Illinois Governor Blagojevich [click on the image above to see the unedited version].

“Politics the Chicago Way” by My Personal Litmus features Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Obama and David Axelrod in a gangster campaign car.

Click here to read the more than 30 posts I’ve published about the DEMOCRAT AND CONVICTED FELON.

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Rahm Emanuel Cleared to Run for Chicago Mayor

See no evil.  Hear no evil.  Speak no evil.  Report no evil. That seems to be the order of things in Chicago these days after the city’s election commissioners voted, 3-0, to allow Rahm Emanuel’s name to remain on the Feb. 22 Chicago mayoral ballot.

Forget that Emanuel isn’t a legal resident of the city.  Apparently, no one in the Windy City was willing to tell President Barack Obama’s chief of staff he couldn’t seek the top office in the city that is, perhaps, the most corrupt in the United States.  And the national news media isn’t going to say anything of note either.