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Benjamin LaGuer (Eric Goldscheider) papers

Identifier: Z17-031

Content Description

Benjamin LaGuer is a Puerto Rican-American who was convicted of raping a neighbor in January 1984. He consistently maintained his innocence and actively sought a new trial and parole based on lack of evidence, mental incapacity of the victim, and racism on the part of the jury and Parole Board. Over the years, LaGuer gained the support of people in academics, politics, law, and the media. Eric Goldscheider was an instructor and journalist having written articles for the Boston Globe, New York Times, Washington Post, and several universities. Goldscheider met LaGuer when he taught a Journalism 101 class at North Central Correctional Institute, Gardner, MA. They remained in contact after the class and Goldscheider took an increasing interest in his case. Goldscheider's involvement included investigating how LaGuer’s DNA got on the evidence through cross contamination. The collection consists of audio-visual material, correspondence, court files, and electronic records documenting the Benjamin LaGuer case and subsequent appeals. The collection is unprocessed. Accessioned 2017 May 10. 45/2

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  • ca. 1983-2009


7.70 cubic feet (7.70 cubic feet in 7 record center cartons and 2 manuscript boxes.)