Boston lawyer James Rehnquist, son of U.S. Chief Justice William Rehnquist, is representing Benjamin LaGuer, a convicted Massachusetts rapist whose own defense-funded DNA tests wound up linking him to the crime, reports the Boston Herald. “When I reviewed the record, I became convinced he didn’t get a fair trial,” Rehnquist said. “Ben LaGuer should be freed.”
LaGuer, 42, is serving a life sentence for a 1983 attack on a 59-year-old woman. Acquaintances describe Rehnquist, who got his law degree from Boston University in 1987, as a hard-working pro who’s not flashy and doesn’t trade on his name in the courtroom. A federal prosecutor from 1994 to 1998, he took LaGuer’s case on a recommendation from his law firm’s pro bono committee. Rehnquist has a motion before the state appeals court arguing that police withheld key fingerprints for 18 years that might have exonerated LaGuer.