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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta g _ TH( UTKBRIDGE HERAID Thundny, November Lie detector unreliable TORONTO (CP) The chairman (if Hie Law Reform Commission of Canada said last night UiaL the lie dp- lector should not used criminal cases in Canada "be- cause it's obviously unre- liable." Mr. Justice Patrick llartt said in an Interview that while technology probably is capable of producing error-proof ma- chines, "what we have to do is decide whether we want to live in that type of society." He made his comments fol- lowing a court case Monday in Ottawa, in which Madam Jus- tice Mabel Van Camp per- milled a psychiatrist to testify about Hie results of a lie-detec- otr test on murder defendant Borneo Phillion. The lest by the machine, called a polygraph, purportedly showed that Phillion had lied when he confessed last January QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH to killing Leopold Roy, an Ot- tawa fireman, in 1967. Phillion was convicted Tues- day by an Ontario Supreme Court jury of non-capital mur- der and sentenced to life im- prisonment. GENERAL SENSE Mr. Justice Hartl said his comments about lie detectors were made in a general sense wit] were not observations on Pliillion's trial. The 46-year-old jurist is on a five-year leave of absence from the Ontario Supreme Court to head the law reform commis- sion, seeking to eliminate anachronisms and anomalies from Canadian law. Mr. Justice Hartt said the rlifficulty in dealing uniformly with all lie-detector evidence is that while "it might be capable of raising a reasonable doubt on behalf of the defendant, in no way could it establish guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, which Is the onus on the Crown." Justice Minister Otto Lang said in a telephone interview that he has given no thought to legislative control of the poly- graph and Instead wants to "WHERE POPPIES GROW" On o brleM ipring morning. May 3, 1915, as he sal near his ambulance post on ths banks of 1he Ypres-Yeier Canal, John wrotn hii