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Segment 3 (A Question of Justice) #499382

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 20, 1978
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(Studio) Report is on use of lie detectors, or polygraphs, by companies to test honesty and loyalty of employees and questions with regard to reliability of these tests.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Grinnell, Iowa) Dan Clayberg's background, in business as accountant with General Telephone Company of Midwest, and in home life in Nevada, Iowa, given. Fire at GT&E Midwest headquarters in Grinnell, Iowa, polygraph test required of those near scene and Clayberg's failure to pass test, resulting in his being requested to resign, reported [CLAYBERG - describes feelings during polygraph test. Didn't want to resign, but was told he'd be fired if he didn't.] Refusal of telephone company and its parent, GT&E, to grant interview with rpting. team noted. [CLAYBERG describes feelings about having to go home after incident.] Clayberg's later admittance of University of Iowa Psychiatric Hospital to be treated for chronic anxiety reported Doubts about results of his lie detector test, from psychiatrist at hospital and from another such test he agreed to take, detailed; 2nd test noted as administered by Grinnell fire marshal Jim Arnes, who concluded Clayberg was incapable of taking either test. [ARNES - says some people just don't apply selves to being tested by any type of device.] Rash of fires in Grinnell similar to 1 at telephone company cited; is reported that there's suspect in most of them, according to law officers. [Cnty. prosecutor Don. SHIELD - reports that state fire marshal's office and locally officials agree that there's one major suspect in fires and says it's not Clayberg. Problems for people in Clayberg's situation in getting help if they feel victimized by tests stated. Iowa civil rights commission's ruling that Clayberg case was outside its jurisdiction mentioned. Overview of Clayberg case and purpose in rpting. it examined. Upcoming report outlined.
REPORTER: Paul Altmeyer

Reporter(s):
Altmeyer, Paul;
Chancellor, John
Duration:
00:05:00

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