Garrett Harris 4:56 p.m., Feb. 19
Redden silent about financial relationship with polygraph maker
Matt Potter tries to get Redden to talk, as did McClatchy earlier
The Reader's Matt Potter today (Aug. 28) tried unsuccessfully to get San Diego polygrapher Paul Redden to talk about his financial relationship with Lafayette Instrument Co., a maker of lie detector devices.
Redden purportedly gave local politician Carl DeMaio a lie detector test about the story of his masturbation in a men's room. DeMaio claims he passed the exam.
On May 20 of this year, McClatchy's Washington bureau ran a comprehensive investigative piece on the financial ties of government officials and Lafayette. The article, which noted that scientists consider polygraph testing unreliable, cited several examples of tie-ins, such as police employees being salespeople for Lafayette.
The McClatchy article noted that Redden had been listed "as a [Lafayette] dealer since at least 2007 and last year was identified as a salesman in at least one of San Diego's purchases from Lafayette. The police department refused to answer questions about Redden, including when he'd worked there or whether he now works as a contractor. San Diego has been buying Lafayette polygraphs since at least 2002 when it awarded a noncompetitive bid to the company," said McClatchy.
Matt Potter posted an article in the Reader about the McClatchy story on May 28. Then again today, he called Redden, who refused to answer questions and terminated the conversation.