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Indicted Mayer Brown Partner Wants Polygraph Admitted

Posted Aug 26, 2008 3:35 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The lawyers seeking to exonerate Joseph P. Collins, a Mayer Brown partner indicted for his role in an alleged financial fraud at failed commodities brokerage Refco, want results of a polygraph test they had Collins take admitted as evidence in the lawyer's upcoming trial.

The Collins legal team hired former FBI agent Barry Colvert to administer the test, which, the National Law Journal reports, Collins passed "with flying colors."

Prosecutors, however, maintain the results are unreliable in part because the government wasn't told about the test in advance and didn't participate.

Collins, who was indicted in the Southern District of New York last December, has said he would be willing to participate in another test arranged by prosecutors, the NLJ reports.

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