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Lee v. Martinez

96 P.3d 291 (2004)

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Lee v. Martinez

New Mexico Supreme Court

96 P.3d 291 (2004)

Facts

Defendants in pending criminal proceedings (the petitioners) (defendants) filed a petition for review with the New Mexico Supreme Court, seeking to have results of their polygraph tests admitted into evidence in their cases. The supreme court granted the petition, remanding the matter to the district court to determine the scientific reliability of polygraph tests. The district court found that polygraph tests were not sufficiently reliable and had limited probative value. Further, the district court held that the tests violated New Mexico Rule of Evidence 608(b), which stated that a witness’s specific instances of conduct may not be proven by extrinsic evidence for purposes of demonstrating the witness’s character for truthfulness. Accordingly, the court held that polygraph tests were per se inadmissible. The petitioners appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Minzner, J.)

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