I almost hate to write about Paul Ceglia. The New York businessman who is suing Facebook for part ownership of the company has a reputation as a con man and has faced fraud charges in the past, so I don't give his claims much credence. Why give him blog space? But he's suing the world's largest and most popular social network, and for some reason the court has let the case progress. Unfortunately that makes him news.
The latest comes from the Los Angeles Times, which reports Ceglia passed a polygraph test. Apparently Ceglia's attorneys are hoping to sway a few opinions. In a court filing Friday, the story says, attorneys indicated the test "focused on the authenticity of the 2003 contract with Mark Zuckerberg ... and showed 'no deception.'"
Standing alone, that information means nothing. The results are not admissible as evidence of the truth of the matter being asserted in court. And they're not admissible because they are not consistently reliable. He could be lying and beat it, just as he could be telling the truth but fail miserably.
The motion opposes Facebook's request to review Ceglia's documents immediately. Instead, Ceglia wants the court to order both sides to submit their documentation and emails so that the issue of authenticity can be settled. Facebook's attorneys point out that Ceglia has yet to produce the original contract or emails surrounding it.
You know, even if Ceglia's case is eventually thrown out as meritless, even if he is required to pay Facebook's legal fees, he will also have caused the company to waste an awful lot of time in court when they could have been working on the next great social networking feature or functionality. Maybe that's half the point for him. He just wants to make Facebook pay.