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Updated Documents

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News Articles

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.

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Unreliable DNA Evidence

Letter from Hon. Isaac Bornstein (Ret.) to State Representative Ellen Story (D — Amherst)

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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.

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Bibliography

DNA Evidence Under Scrutiny

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Testimonials

"I am firmly convinced that he did not receive a fair trial," Professor Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law School.

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LaGuer Reconsidered

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
Valley Advocate
August 17, 2006

 

A Record of Civil Rights Abuses and Junk Forensics - One Case Study of Ben LaGuer’s Wrongful Conviction

 

 

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Recent News

Hearing for New Trial Updates:

Email Ben: benlaguer@gmail.com

In the Matter of Ben LaGuer's Actual Innocence - June, 2014

LaGuer's Defense Committee offers $350,000 reward

Petition for Clemency - June, 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.

LaGuer docket

Bibliography 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.
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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

The Case Of Ben LaGuer In The 2006 Massachusetts Gubernatorial Election - Stanford University Press, 2011

Added April, 2011

MOTION FOR NEW TRIAL
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Added March, 2011

Another Juror Speaks
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Eyes of Benjamin LaGuer
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Journal Article
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LaGuer Parole Appeal
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Support from police
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April 20, 2010

Ben LaGuer's Statement to Parole Board
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Bay State Banner Editorial on Ben LaGuer's Parole
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March 23, 2010

Boston University accepts Ben Laguer into MFA.
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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.
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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.
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March 20, 2009

The Boston Globe reports that LaGuer's case will be taken up by a retired Superior Court judge.
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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.

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DNA Expert Statements

PDF Icon Authentication of forensic DNA samples by Dan Frumkin

PDF IconLetter from DNA expert Dr. Theodore D. Kessis 

PDF IconForensic Case Review by Dean A. Wideman

PDF IconLetter from Harvard DNA expert Prof. Daniel L. Hartl

PDF IconLetter from DNA expert Dr. Lawrence Kobilinsky

Committee

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.

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