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140 Characters of Acclaim for Tweet He's engaged: Consider me bowled over. That was an incredible piece Jennifer Maerz wrote on Wallpaper. . So well reported and well told. Not a dull moment and it moves…
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News, Matt Smith SFPD polygraph expert's controversial views

SFPD polygraph expert's controversial views

Editor's Note: In the opening paragraph of this column, Matt Smith listed theoretical examples of "uncomfortable questions" that could elicit a physical response. Smith did not actually pose those questions to polygraph examiner Patrick Coffey, nor did Coffey ask his…
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News, Matt Smith

SFPD can't tell a lie: It still uses unreliable polygraph to screen recruits

In May 1922, the then–highly competitive Bay Area newspaper industry was mesmerized by a case, and a device, that would influence crime lore for the next century. San Franciscan Henry Wilkens had been accused of hiring a pair of hoodlums…
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