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What is the Frye standard?

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The Frye standard is an older legal standard as to the worthiness of admissibility of scientific evidence into a legal trial.  It originates from the legal case Frye v. United States which was a murder case in 1923.  The inclusion of a polygraph test as evidence was the issue at hand.  The Frye standard states that any scientific method or practice must be generally accepted by the scientific community at large.  This usually comes in the form of supporting testimony from scientific experts on the evidence in question.  The Frye standard has largely been superseded by the Daubert standard or the Federal Rules of Evidence in most states.

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