A Florida fisherman who won the $2.8 Million Championship Prize in the World’s Largest Billfish Tournament has just lost the largest catch of his life as a judge decides to rule against his victory.
Professional Angler Phil Heasley made his claim to the money when he caught a monstrous 76.5-pound white marlin during last summer’s White Marlin Open off the coast Maryland.
Regardless of his claim to victory, however, a Baltimore Federal Judge considered Heasley's actions during the contest a disqualification Wednesday, finding that he broke tournament rules after it was proven he failed two separate polygraph tests administered to the winners of the contest to prevent cheating by any participants.
During the ruling, the Judge also cited the facts that Heasley and his crew broke the rules by dropping fishing lines before the tournament’s start time to anticipate an unfair advantage, according to a report in the Baltimore Sun.
The ruling will know the result of the prize money being redistributed amongst other fishermen from the contest, with the majority of the proceeds going to an angler from New Jersey.
In a two-week-long trial to ensure his attempt at the vindication of some sort and claim the prize, Heasley's testimony stated that the lie detector test was incorrect and he had not cheated. “We maintain that Mr. Heasely and his crew abided by all of the tournament rules and regulations,” his attorney said, according to a report in the Delmarva Daily Times.
Jim Motsko, the acting President of the White Marlin Open stated that “The odds all the polygraphs were done wrong was less than one percent,” he told the paper. “There was a whole lot riding on this including our integrity, the tournament’s integrity, and we upheld our end of the contract."
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The Supreme Court of Canada rejected the use of polygraph results as evidence in court.
Several countermeasures designed to pass polygraph tests have been described. Asked how he passed the polygraph test, Aldrich Ames explained that he sought advice from his Soviet handler and received the simple instruction to: "Get a good night's sleep, and rest, and go into the test rested and relaxed. Be nice to the polygraph examiner, develop a rapport, and be cooperative and try to maintain your calm". Additionally, Ames explained, "There's no special magic….Confidence is what does it. Confidence and a friendly relationship with the examiner…rapport, where you smile and you make him think that you like him".
Richard Helms, the 8th Director of Central Intelligence, stated that: "We discovered there were some Eastern Europeans who could defeat the polygraph at any time. Americans are not very good at it, because we are raised to tell the truth and when we lie it is easy to tell we are lying. But we find a lot of Europeans and Asiatics can handle that polygraph without a blip, and you know they are lying and you have evidence that they are lying"
In most European jurisdictions, practice varies by country but polygraphs are generally not considered reliable evidence and are not generally used by law enforcement.
Polygraphs measure arousal, which can be affected by anxiety, anxiety disorders such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), nervousness, fear, confusion, hypoglycemia, psychosis, depression, substance induced (nicotine, stimulants), substance withdrawal state (alcohol withdrawal) or other emotions; polygraphs do not measure "lies". A polygraph cannot differentiate anxiety caused by dishonesty and anxiety caused by something else.
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