May 16, 2002


DNA Test Confirms Rape Conviction (THEO EMERY, May 16, 2002, Associated Press)
For years, inmate No. W40280 told reporters and supporters that time, not guilt, was his only obstacle to freedom.

Years of lobbying earned Benjamin LaGuer an A-list of supporters, including former Boston University Chancellor John Silber, historian Elie Wiesel and MIT professor Noam Chomsky.

But long-anticipated testing of the same DNA samples that LaGuer said would prove his innocence instead linked him more closely to the rape for which he is spending his life behind bars.

The results shocked many supporters who'd been convinced of his innocence by his magnetic personality and unflagging persistence.

One of the aspects of LaGuer's case that has stumped some supporters is why he would argue so adamantly for tests that ultimately would tie him even tighter to the crime for which he was convicted.

The key to any successful hoax is the victim's desire to believe. Posted by Orrin Judd at May 16, 2002 11:31 AM
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