Eric Goldscheider (Speaking Out at BMG) landed an interview with one Annie DeMartino, a mental health worker who cared for rape victim Lennice Plante following the assault. It’s quite a story, in which we learn more about the victim and the exceedingly dicey circumstances of her ID of Ben LaGuer as the perpetrator. It’s really worth a read. Bottom line: The victim was mentally ill, delusional, and her ID of LaGuer — the sole basis of the conviction — is just extremely doubtful. Again, that’s not what the defense says — that’s what the victim’s mental health caregiver says.
Here’s two of several pretty amazing paragraphs:
And then there is another stunning revelation DeMartino is now willing to share about her experiences with Plante. The victim of this horrendous assault pointed to LaGuer in the courtroom when asked by the prosecutor to identify her attacker. But, according to DeMartino, in the months before the trial and then again on many occasions after the trial, Plante would point to black and Hispanic men on the street or in public places and accuse them of having raped her.
“If I went out in public with her,” DeMartino recalls, “everybody she saw who was either Spanish or black, she would be saying, that’s who did it, that’s who did it, and of course it wasn’t, because basically they were just people in the street. She was very paranoid at that time about everybody… she hated anybody dark-skinned. She would absolutely get horribly frightened.” DeMartino always reported these incidents to the clinicians. “It happened on different days, different times, different months, different years,” she said.
What this may mean legally … don’t know. I would guess nothing. We’ll see.