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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Law student, charged with rape despite passing polygraphs, is acquitted

Posted By on Tue, Aug 28, 2007 at 3:34 PM

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Sahil Sharma passed three lie-detectors -- and still got prosecuted.
Last week, Sahil Sharma, a law student at New York’s Touro college, was acquitted after being charged with sexually assaulting a family friend at a Cuyahoga Falls wedding. The case was unusual because Sharma had gone through – and passed – three polygraph tests. The American Polygraph Association asserts that there’s only a 1-in-1000 chance that all three tests could have come out falsely. The state, which never was much interested in things like "facts," proceeded in pressing charges against the 25-year-old anyway. The case took three days to try, and Sharma had to wait four more for the decision. “I was on pins and needles,” he says. “ Everything was on the line.” When the judge declared Sharma not guilty, he burst out crying. Not coincidentally, Sharma is now applying to criminal defense offices in New York. The experience of being a defendant has changed his life, he says: "You don’t realize how great every moment is until everything can possibly be taken away from you.” -- Rebecca Meiser

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