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Polygraph Transcript in Smith Rape Case Released Despite Defense Protests

August 24, 1991

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) _ Prosecutors in the William Kennedy Smith rape trial on Friday rejected defense pleas to stop releasing possibly damaging material and disclosed a lie-detector interview with the woman who says Smith raped her.

In the interview, the woman said Smith attacked her near the swimming pool at the Kennedy family estate without warning.

″But I didn’t do anything wrong,″ the 30-year-old woman said. ″I’ve gone over it time and time again.″

The transcript of 100 pages of the woman’s taped polygraph exam was released by prosecutors two weeks after they publicized a deposition in which lie-detector expert Warren Holmes said he believed the woman was telling the truth.

The veteran Miami polygraph examiner interviewed the woman for three hours four weeks after the alleged March 30 assault.

Defense attorney Roy Black, in a letter Wednesday to state prosecutors, repeated his often-stated claim that pre-trial publicity would make it impossible to obtain a fair trial for Smith, a nephew of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass.

Ken Selvig, chief assistant state attorney, responded Friday in a letter saying prosecutors were following Florida public records law. Lie-detector results are not usually admissible as evidence.

Smith’s trial is scheduled for Jan. 13, although prosecutors this week asked Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Mary Lupo to remove herself from the case for allegedly showing bias with her facial expressions.

Smith, 30, pleaded innocent. His attorneys have suggested the woman has psychological problems that caused her to fabricate a rape claim.

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