Lie Detectors- & – The Surprising Agnes Bermudez Case; National Police Week: Air Date 5/4/11
Getting to the Truth: Lie Detectors–How Reliable Are They? The Agnes Bermudez Case: A Surprising Verdict. National Police Week: Honoring Those Killed in the Line of Duty
Lie Detectors: How Reliable Are They? Another piece in the puzzle of getting to the truth in the criminal justice system; I’ll be speaking about lie detectors (or polygraphs as they’re known officially) with experts John Fitzgerald and Karen Colonnello, of The Fitzgerald Group, who’ve worked on some very high profile cases here in the NY area. We’re going to talk about how reliable lie detectors really are in determining innocence or guilt…and how easy it is to “beat” the test!
Missed the live show? Available as a podcast and on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/crime-prevention-101/id419406006
The Agnes Bermudez Case: A Surprising Verdict. In 2008, 47-year old Wall Street trader Agnes Bermudez was accused of dousing her 32-year-old carpet cleaner ex-boyfriend, William Salazar, with flammable liquid in a jealous rage and setting him–and the building–on fire. Three other tenants in the building also died that day; and Bermudez, a beautiful woman, suffered severe, disfiguring burns to her face and upper body. She claimed self defense and, in 2010, I ALMOST served on the jury that eventually acquitted her. Tonight I’m speaking with attorney David McGruder who won that acquittal for her despite overwhelming negative publicity from the media AND a deathbed declaration by the victim about Bermudez’s guilt. I’m going to ask him what factors swayed the jury, despite the media trying the case and finding her guilty … AND why he didn’t pick me for the jury. I mean who wouldn’t want me on their jury!!
National Police Week: Remembering Our Fallen Heroes: According to Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.), between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty every year, leaving their grieving families and police co-workers behind to cope with the loss. Next up, we’ll talk about National Police Week, a time of honoring and remembering those brave fallen officers with Craig Floyd, CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, which plays a major role in Police Week activities.
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The Fitzgerald Group, PI & Polygraphs : www.jfitzgroup.com
David McGruder, Attorney for Agnes Bermudez: www.davidmcgruderlaw.com
National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF): www.nleomf.com
National Police Week: http://www.nationalpoliceweek.com/
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.: www.nationalcops.org
The PortaPocket: http://www.portapocket.com/
National Missing Children’s Day: http://www.missingkids.com/missingkids/servlet/NewsEventServlet?LanguageCountry=en_US&PageId=1305
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children: www.ncmec.org