It's a non-issue.
So, to keep this straight, here's what happened: Deval wrote to the parole board because the case seemed questionable, something experts across the country agreed with. Deval later wrote another letter a few years later. After that, DNA evidence was released which matched LaGuere - at which point Deval Patrick ceased whatever support was previously there.
The Parole Board turned down LaGuere, who returned to the board for a second time in April 2000. Patrick again wrote to the board, urging LaGuere's release. Again, LaGuere was turned down.
A quotation from one of Patrick's letters was removed from LaGuere's website in the last several days, after Patrick issued a statement suggesting he no longer supported the effort to free the convicted rapist. Patrick said he had reviewed the history of the case and concluded that ``justice has been served," in light of a 2002 DNA test that confirmed the prosecution 's case against LaGuere.
Can someone - anyone - tell me what's wrong with that?
If people want to get into exact dates, Deval Patrick certainly mispoke. However, Deval Patrick is going to mess up a date here and a fact there everyday, if only because of the sheer volume of people he talks to. Deval's last letter in support of LaGuere was in 2000, not ten years ago in 1996. However, it still stacks up with everything else Deval said: he stopped supporting LaGuere when new evidence was brought forth that hurt LaGuere's case to say the least.
I don't know how other people's minds work, but here's how mine functions: I remember what I do - not when I do it. I may remember when I did something in relation to another thing - I may remember that I went out last night before I ate dinner - but I couldn't tell you if I went out at six and ate at nine. I'm guessing, as bright as Deval Patrick clearly is, his mind works the same way.
No one's perfect; this is all just a distraction. There are real issues at stake here - education, property tax, renewable energy, jobs... the very future of Massachusetts. Kerry Healey will harp on LaGuere because she'd rather not hear about how the Romney/Healey administration raised fees by hundreds of millions of dollars - all the while taking the "no new taxes" pledge. Instead of squabbling over a convicted criminal, let's get back to issues that matter.