I just got a call from Boston Herald reporter Dave Wedge to say he’s doing a story for tomorrow’s paper based on a testimonial on the Ben LaGuer Web site (among many) which reads:
I therefore have serious misgivings about the integrity of the criminal justice system in this case, as I believe any citizen would. Deval Patrick, Former US Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights.
Wedge’s reporting on the LaGuer case to date has not been stellar. It’s actually been pretty rotten. Soon after the LaGuer Web site first launched he did an article based on a single anonymous source that he could have easily debunked had he done some more digging.
That’s water under the bridge.
LaGuer was convicted for a 1983 rape and has been in prison since. He steadfastly maintains his innocence in spite of an adverse 2002 DNA test that has since been discredited by four reputable DNA experts. The most recent being Harvard biologist Daniel Hartl.
Let’s hope Wedge gives this story a clear-eyed treatment.
As far as I know Patrick made the above comment before the DNA result. I don’t know the extent of his involvement in the case other than that many prominent people have criticized the process that convicted LaGuer. I’m curious to see what (if anything) Wedge comes up with.