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Articles about the hearing on a motion for a new trial for Mr. LaGuer, 47, who has been denied parole four times for the 1983 Leominster rape, is scheduled for Sept. 9 in Worcester Superior Court before Judge Richard T. Tucker.
Unreliable DNA Evidence
Letter from Hon. Isaac Bornstein (Ret.) to State Representative Ellen Story (D Amherst)
Northeastern University papers
The collection includes: correspondence from LaGuer to Masso between 1998 and 2000, requesting Masso's support for Parole Board and other hearings; legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda relating to Parole Board and other hearings between 1984 and 2000; and publicity about LaGuer and his ongoing quest for parole.
DNA Evidence Under Scrutiny
"I am firmly convinced that he did not receive a fair trial," Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School.
For 23 Years, Ben LaGuer has maintained his innocence. That's only kept him in jail longer on a rape conviction. WHAT NOW?
By Eric Goldscheider
August 17, 2006
A Record of Civil Rights Abuses and Junk Forensics - One Case Study of Ben LaGuer’s Wrongful Conviction
Hearing for New Trial Updates:
Email Ben: firstname.lastname@example.org
Revised Letter for Joe Early
Letter to the Board of Bar Overseers (BBO)
Reply from the BBO
Chief Justice Gants requesting BBO to take Ben LaGuer's complaint
Ben LaGuer's Army Discipline Records
Letter from CPCS (Committee for Public Counsel Services
Commonwealth's Opposition for New Trial
In the Matter of Ben LaGuer's Actual Innocence - November, 2014
Lennice Plante Marriage Records
LaGuer's Defense Committee offers $350,000 reward
Petition for Clemency - August, 2014
Ben LaGuer COMPAS Results - June, 2014
Collection of Community Support Documents - September, 2013
Collection of Investigation Documents - September, 2013
Josh Wall Letter - July, 2013
Ben LaGuer story hits Worcester Telegram. Written by George Barnes.
Bibliography - August, 2014
Dan Rea - NightSide Weekend Commentary
Judge Grants Ben LaGuer a Hearing
We are pleased to announce that Superior Court Associate Justice Richard T. Tucker, who has presided over Ben LaGuer's case since May 2011, has found sufficient merit in Ben's petition for a new trial to order a hearing at 2PM September 9, 2011. This is very exciting news for all of us who share Ben's hope that justice will come to him and not too late for him to enjoy his freedom in good health and spirit.
The hearing will be held at the Worcester Regional Judicial Center, 225 Main Street, Worcester, MA 01608.
DNA Evidence Under Scrutiny
News Articles for New Hearing
We reaffirm our heartfelt support to the idea that the American justice system must investigate
new evidence in this case and afford Ben Laguer a new trial:
Judge Isaac Borenstein Evidence Memo
James C. Rehnquest Letter
BU President Emeritus John R. Silber
MIT Linguist Noam Chomsky
Opera Boston Founder John C. Archer
Honorable Issac Borenstein
Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel
Novelist Bill Styron
Playwright and Novelist Leslie Epstein
Nation of Islam Minister Dom Muhammad
Journalists Christopher Lydon and John Taylor
Poets Rosanna Warren and Martin Espada
Harvard Law School's Charles Ogletree
Harvard University Chair of African-American Studies Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Georgetown University Law School Professor Abbe L. Smith
National No Breast Cancer Project Founder Dr. Susan Wadia-Ells
Attorneys Harvey Silverglate and James C. Rehnquist
Tufts University Dr. James Jennings
President Golden Stick Louis O. Levesque IV
National Black Police Association Executive Director Ronald Hampton
Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice Christopher C. Cooper
National Puerto Rican Congress President Jaime Rodriguez
Distinguished University Professor of Puerto Rican Studies Jose Masso
National Center For Reason and Justice Founder Robert B. Shatelle
Novelist Alexander Theroux
Jewish Alliance For Law and Social Action Founder Shelia Decter
Worcester City Firefighter Douglas Medina
Lazard Freres & Co. Director Walter Silva
Tufts University Professor Dr. James Jennings
Advocates For The Wrongfully Convicted Founder Richard Blanchard
Gabriel Films Founder Jonathan Stack
Union Lawyer Aaron F. Amaral
Congressman Michael Harrington
Three Pyramid Founder Adrian Ford
Worcester Public School Teacher Emeritus Stacy Amaral
Founder of the Terrie Williams Agency Terrie M. Williams
Third Hampshire District State Representative Ellen Story
University of Virgin Islands President David Hall
Justice Institute President Hans Sheer
Puerto Rican Diplomat in Boston Carlos Lineras
Unitarian Church Conference Reverand Jonathan C. Tetherly
Added April, 2011
MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL
Read the Motion for New Trial
Added March, 2011
Another Juror Speaks
Eyes of Benjamin LaGuer
LaGuer Parole Appeal
Support from police
April 20, 2010
Ben LaGuer's Statement to Parole Board
Bay State Banner Editorial on Ben LaGuer's Parole
March 23, 2010
Boston University accepts Ben Laguer into MFA.
November 16, 2009
I am a Massachusetts prisoner writing to share a testimony of faith and justice. For 26 years, I have devoted myself to the idea that God has a plan for my life.
In 1983, I was falsely charged with a sexual assault. I refused a pretrial plea bargain where I could have been released in two years. Instead, a jury found me
guilty and I was sentenced to a life term.
March 27, 2009
WBZ Radio Talk Host Dan Rea interviews - Judge Isaac Borenstein (ret) newest member
of Ben LaGuer's defense team, professor Leslie Epstein and attorney Lisa Billowitz
discuss how Ben's self-financed DNA test was contaminated.
March 20, 2009
The Boston Globe reports that LaGuer's case will be taken up by a retired Superior Court judge.
Who is Benjamin LaGuer?
For more than 25 years Benjamin LaGuer, an Afro-Puerto Rican man, has been a Massachusetts inmate, wrongfully imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. At the age of 20, just home from the Army, LaGuer had the misfortune of staying in an apartment in Leominster, MA, next door to a brutal attack on an elderly woman. In a rush to judgment police arrested LaGuer, overlooking a likelier suspect. LaGuer’s trial was rife with irregularities, including a report from a juror that members of the all-white, all-male panel made racial slurs that attributed LaGuer’s alleged guilt to his ethnicity.
The Ben LaGuer Committee, a group of citizens, committed to supporting Mr. LaGuer as he works to receive a new and fair trial solicit contributions for Ben’s monthly personal expenses and for his new defense fund.