Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The Criminal Coddling Chronicles (cont.)

Here's a shocker.

While dedicating much of his career as a Massachusetts legislature toward making it increasingly difficult - and in some cases, downright impossible - for women in this state to defend themselves from violent muggers and rapists, it seems our good friend, State Senator Jarrett Barrios, was also spending time writing letters on behalf of a convicted rapist, in an effort to get him out of prison, and back into the general population.

Care to explain, Jarrett?

Oh, and Deval Patrick, the man who would be Governor, was in on that little letter writing campaign, as well.

From the Boston Globe:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval L. Patrick, who has sought to downplay his advocacy on behalf of a convicted rapist serving a life sentence, wrote two letters to the Massachusetts Parole Board seeking his release and also corresponded with him in the late 1990s.

Why downplay your involvement, Deval? Stand up and take pride in your "progressive" deeds! If it was the right thing to do, then why run away from it now? Shout it from the rooftops..."SCREW THE VICTIMS, RAPISTS HAVE RIGHTS TOO!"

"He appears well prepared to make a positive re-entry and important contribution to the community of responsible citizens," Patrick wrote the Parole Board on behalf of Benjamin LaGuer, who was found guilty of tying up and raping a neighbor for eight hours in 1983.

Yep, sounds like a model citizen to me.

And, for someone who claims to be so concerned about the state of public education in Massachusetts, he sure could use a refresher course in third-grade math. In a statement issued Thursday night, he said:

"My sole involvement in this case was more than 10 years ago, when I wrote a letter on Mr. LaGuer's behalf."

And, speaking to reporters last week on this topic:

"I know who he is. He is someone on whose behalf I wrote, I think, maybe 15 years ago."

And, then there's this version:

His spokesman, Richard Chacon, told the Sentinel & Enterprise that Patrick's comments in support of LaGuer were made when Patrick was working as a lawyer at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in the 1980s.

Let's pause here to do a little more math.

Deval Patrick left his position at the NAACP in 1986 to work for the law firm of Hill & Barlow. Benjamin LaGuer was convicted in 1983 of tying up and raping a neighbor for eight hours.

So, are we to believe that Deval Patrick felt that three years in prison was enough of a punishment for this poor, misguided individual? That comes to 4-1/2 months in prison per hour of brutal rape - right in line with the Bay State's "progressive" standards, I suppose.

OK, I know, the story of a liberal Democrat coddling a violent rapist is hardly what passes for "breaking news" 'round these parts. So, let's read on.

Deval Patrick claims he wrote to the parole board on LaGuer's behalf "more then ten years ago", and "maybe 15", depending on what day it is. His spokesman puts that number at or above 20 years.


But letters obtained by the Globe indicate Patrick's involvement was more recent and more significant than he has suggested. He wrote the Parole Board in 1998 and again in 2000.

20 years, six years...what's the difference?

5% tax rate, 12.9% tax rate...same thing, really.

He also wrote at least twice to LaGuer himself, addressing the notes "Dear Ben."

Here's mine:

Dear Ben,

Are your cellmates treating you nice? I hope the bedsheets tying your wrists and ankles together aren't causing too much chafing. Just in case, though, I'm sending some Vaseline to the guys in your cellblock, so they can take turns rubbing it on the sore spots.

In closing, I'd just like to say, "Fuck off and die, you miserable, lowlife piece of shit!"

Love, Bruce

"I am sorry not to have written sooner," Patrick, then a lawyer in private practice, wrote in a letter to LaGuer dated July 16, 1998. "It's not that it wasn't `appropriate,' just the overwhelming press of other business. Given the significance of events in your life, I am embarrassed that I did not make the time."

On Aug. 5, 1998, and again on April 3, 2000, Patrick asked the Parole Board to set LaGuer free.

Well, he seems like he'd be a perfect fit for Massachusetts, in the proud tradition of one Michael "Willie Horton" Dukakis. I wonder, now, if he plans on introducing legislation limiting convicted rapists to one-rape-a-month, should he be elected.