A differently redacted version of the Sanford PD police report is out. George Zimmerman passed the Voice Stress test with "No Deception Indicated". Deep in the report are the questions and Yes/No answers:
Well, I guess the walls aren't green in the Sanford PD. And Zimmerman has never exceeeded the speed linit? Somebody pull his traffic record and maybe we can add a False Statements charge to the Murder Two.
A key question is "Did you confront the guy you shot?". Obviously, in one sense Zimmerman did, since there was obviously a confrontation. Zimmerman took the question as "Did you initiate the confrontation...", which is a fair interpretation of what the interviewer actually meant. Still, with this short a script, why not ask clear questions?
And Zimmerman passed on "Were you in fear of your life...", which will be helpful for the defense.
ILLOGIC: This report provides the theme followed by the eventual arrest warrant - if Zimmerman had stayed in his car or spoken politely to Martin the whole incident could have been avoided. I still don't see how Zimmerman's lack of perfect manners justifies Martin's violent assault, but the Florida prosecutors will have an opportunity to expand on that concept.
The report also shows absurdist logic when it confronts the Fear Factor. Zimmerman had explained that when Martin walked up to and circled his car, Zimmerman had rolled up the window rather than identify himself as a neighborhood watcher because he was afraid of Martin. Silly George! The report goes on to explain that upon subsequent investigation, Martin and Zimmerman were of comparable size and neither had martial arts training, so this was not a bad match-up for George and his lapse of neighborly manners was unwarranted. Unfortunately, the report does not explain how Zimmerman was supposed to assess Martin's martial arts background while sitting in his car in the rain.
Eventually Martin runs off so Zimmerman gets out of his car to see where he went. The Sleuths of Sanford jump on this contradiction! How could a man who was afraid of a guy who was closing to within a few feet suddenly master his fear when the same scary guy is no longer visible?
Fortunately, the defense will have plenty of time to come up with an answer to that. (Hmm - did the investigators notice a can of spinach lying near the curb?)
VOICE STRESS ANALYSIS: OK, maybe the walls are green and Zimmerman has exceeded the speed limit (my emphasis):
The simple act of being accused of a crime is very likely to result in a stress response on the part of the suspect. Hence Backster (1963) developed a questioning protocol for use with the polygraph known as the Control Question Test (CQT). Through research a variant of the CQT has evolved, known as the Directed Lie Test (DLT) (Horiwitz, 1997). The premise of both protocols is to have a set of questions that would be likely to elicit stress responses in innocent suspects more than in guilty ones.
The difference between the two sets of questions is, the DLT questions are ones which explicitly tell the participant give a deceptive response. The CQT is a set of questions known as the Control Questions, also referred to as probable lie questions. These are questions that are designed in such a way that no one can say “no” without lying (i.e. Before today have you ever taken something that did not belong to you?). It is then the task of the polygraph examiner to get the suspect to say “no” they have never done that.
It is then proposed that an innocent person will be more stressed about those questions (DLT/CQT) and less about the question regarding the crime; thereby accommodating for the stress of an innocent person being accused.