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Frye v. United States - Significance, Impact, The Polygraph

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James Alphonzo Frye


United States

Appellant's Claim

That the trial court erred when it refused the introduction of a systolic blood pressure deception test and expert testimony on the test as evidence.

Chief Lawyers for Appellant

Richard V. Mattingly, Foster Wood

Chief Lawyers for Appellee

Peyton Gordon, J. H. Bilbrey

Justices for the Court

George Ewing Martin, Constantine J. Smyth, Josiah A. Van Orsdel (writing for the court)

Justices Dissenting



Washington, D.C.

Date of Decision

3 December 1923


Upheld the conviction of Frye by refusing to admit the deception test into evidence.

Related Cases

  • Daubert v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 509 U.S. 579 (1993).
  • United States v. Scheffer, 118 S.Ct. 1261 (1998).


American Polygraph Association. http://www.polygraph.org

Further Readings

  • Cushman, Robert F. Leading Constitutional Decisions. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1982.
  • Green, Eric D., and Charles R. Nesson. "Expert Testimony, Scientific Proof, and Junk Science." Problems, Cases, and Materials on Evidence. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1994.
  • Lyons, Thomas. "Frye, Daubert, and Where Do We Go From Here?" Rhode Island Bar Journal, January 1997.
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over 5 years ago

what was the major impact of this case.... ???

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over 7 years ago

How many courts did this case go through?

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over 7 years ago

is there any other resouces about this case, i need it for my class.

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over 7 years ago

What was the reason Frye was in court anyways, I'm doing a project on this case but everywhere i go just talk about the end of the court case.

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about 7 years ago

what was the result of the case. the court decision?

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over 9 years ago

Was there a Federal Law in the U.S. Constitution regulating Lie Detector Tests before the Appeals Court made a Ruling in Frye vs.United States in 1923? Thank You!



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what was the major impact of this case.... ???

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about 7 years ago

how many courts did the frye case went through?