Truth or Dare

The Ramseys Say They've Passed a Lie-Detector Test. O.J. Says He’s Willing to Take One on TV. Valid?

Julianne Lee
Age 23
Resides New Jersey
Occupation Student

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? There's something fishy going on there, because there is so much that hasn't been investigated. Obviously they're treated differently because they're a rich white family and not a poor black one.

How about O.J.? They felt they couldn't convict him because he was a black success story. It's ironic, because he wasn't living in the ghetto and reaching out to his people. He was living the life of a privileged white man.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? No, because you can pass the test if you're lacking a conscience. If O.J. is a psychopath, for instance, he'll pass the test. This is true for the Ramseys, too. The legal system shouldn't accept test results as the bottom line. They're a factor, but not the determining one.


Gregory St. Amand
Age 26
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Graphic designer

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? No, the cops bungled the investigation and the Ramseys stalled to keep from going to trial.

How about O.J.? He got off because he's famous, and because in this country justice is for the rich, be they black or white.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? No. If you've actually convinced yourself that your lie is true, the machine can't report otherwise. It's just monitoring electrical pulses.


Andrew Schroeder
Age 28
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Graduate student

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? They're guilty. They just happen to be rich and white.

How about O.J.? He's guilty, but the jury didn't want to convict him because that would debunk the myth of celebrity and wealth. His lawyers, like the Ramseys' lawyers, knew how to tie up the system for months, and they both had the resources to argue the cases on technicalities.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? No for both cases. O.J. was already convicted on the DNA evidence, even if Mark Fuhrman was blamed for tainting it. Lie-detector results can be affected by many things.


Miguel Wilcox
Age 25
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Proprietor, coffee shop

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? No, they got off because they had money and a good legal team, good enough to scare the state into not taking them to court.

How about O.J.? No, he got off because he's O.J.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? Yes. Aren't we supposed to believe in the infallibility of that machine?


Vonnette Nelson
Age 21
Resides Brooklyn
Occupation Student

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? Yes, they took a lie-detector test and it proved they were innocent.

How about O.J.? I don't know; nothing was proven.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? It would clarify something. They say the test is 98 percent accurate, and that you can't manipulate the results. If they have no physical evidence, then to some degree they have to rely on the test.


Nikita Padnani
Age 19
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Student

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? I'm really not familiar with that case.

How about O.J.? He got off because he was famous and rich enough to hire good lawyers.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? In the O.J. case, regardless of the test's outcome, I'd still think he was guilty. I think you can control the machine by controlling your body temperature and the amount you sweat.


Kevin Anthony
Age 32
Resides Manhattan
Occupation Musician

Do you think the Ramseys are innocent? They're guilty based on the evidence. Loopholes in the legal system kept them out of jail.

How about O.J.? No, it's the same thing. Good lawyers who knew how to manipulate the law saved him. There has to be some kind of cover-up. I think we'll know a lot more about these cases in a generation or two. They're only now declassifying documents from World War II.

Would the results of a lie-detector test change how you feel? No, because among other things, the tests monitor stress. In both cases it's been a while since the crimes took place, long enough for the anxiety to have died down.

 
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