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This is the editorial the Boston Globe ran regarding the LaGuer case. I verified the editorial on the Boston Globe site, but am using this link because you have to be a subscriber to see it on the Globe's site.
March 24, 1994When Benjamin Laguer was sentenced in 1984 to life in prison for raping a Leominster neighbor, the jury ruled without a shred of physical evidence linking him to the crime. Later, the judge dismissed allegations that racist remarks had been made by the jury after questioning only four of the 12 jurors, and despite one member's affidavit asserting that explicit racial insults had been made.
The evidence for a new trial is overwhelming. William Nowick, one of the 12 white male jurors in Laguer's trial, signed an affidavit recalling these remarks by the jury's foreman: "The goddamned spic is guilty just sitting there. Look at him. Why even bother having a trial." When jurors speculated as to how the eight-hour rape could continue for so long, Nowick says that the same juror said: "Spics screw all day and night."
During the trial, Leominster police asserted that all their evidence, including fingerprints and the victim's pocketbook, had been lost. The prosecution's case rested on the victim's identification of Laguer in a photo lineup.
But the victim, a diagnosed schizophrenic who was taking pain medication when she fingered Laguer, had trouble distinguishing between white and black men during the trial. Evidence of her mental state was deemed inadmissable.
Now, after reading that, tell me why you think it was unreasonable for Patrick to aid LaGuer? Honestly ....
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As much as we hate to see it ... it's our justice system and it must be followed....and it sucks. It sucks because the fate of the guilty lies in the hands of everyday people form police and detectives to lawyers to see the case through...ands all are subject to human error...we all are. But, it's our system and it works way better than many atrocities you hear of in other countries where people are convicted on the spot.
So, is your point that Healey was playing the race card by suggesting Deval is soft on crime because he represented minorities in cases where they did not get a fair trial? Or is your point that only black people and liberals can play the race card, and your bringing race into a discussion about rape has nothing to do with racism or playing the right-wing race card? What the hell is your point, Harry?