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SJC Rejects LaGuer Bid

The state Supreme Judicial Court has rejected another bid for a new trial from convicted rapist Benjamin LaGuer.

The justices upheld a lower court ruling by rejecting LaGuer's claim that a state police fingerprint report, that was not turned over during his trial, could have proved his innocence.

LaGuer is serving life in prison for the rape of a Leominster woman. This was his eighth appeal for a new trial.

LaGuer came back into the statewide spotlight during last year's gubernatorial race when candidate Kerry Healy criticized opponent Deval Patrick for writing to a state parole board in support of Laguer.

A spokesman for Governor Deval Patrick says the ruling means justice has been served.

This program aired on March 23, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.

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