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The Baffling, frustrating Lavigne case

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In my 60 years at the Gazette, I've covered a lot of crime and justice cases -- but only one has touched my own family. I think a tragic mistake occurred in Putnam County's controversial Joe Lavigne case. I think he was wrongly convicted of a hideous rape he didn't commit, then temporarily cleared after 15 years in prison, but now he's back in a cell. I think the case against him was so flimsy it never should have been filed.

The baffling, frustrating Lavigne case

by James A. Haught
December 7, 2012
Charlestown Gazette

In my 60 years at the Gazette, I've covered a lot of crime and justice cases -- but only one has touched my own family.

I think a tragic mistake occurred in Putnam County's controversial Joe Lavigne case. I think he was wrongly convicted of a hideous rape he didn't commit, then temporarily cleared after 15 years in prison, but now he's back in a cell. I think the case against him was so flimsy it never should have been filed.

Journalism ethics say I shouldn't write these things, because Lavigne is my son's brother-in-law, and I'm not supposed to discuss my relatives. But no other writer knows the story as personally -- so here goes:

On a February night in 1996, Lavigne's 5-year-old daughter Katie was taken from their Hurricane home and brutally raped on a church lawn across the street. The attacker took her clothing, which never was found. The little girl returned to the family bathroom and tried to cope with her bleeding. The father woke at dawn, found her, and yelled for his wife.

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The Baffling, frustrating Lavigne case
Authored by: Admin on Saturday, December 08 2012 @ 11:39 PM CST

Joe Lavigne is the husband of Jamie "Bork: Loughner, who is a member of the Infoshop collective.

The Baffling, frustrating Lavigne case
Authored by: ISHI on Sunday, December 16 2012 @ 03:16 AM CST

 i know about this case.  went through hurricane wv for the blair mountain march (anti-mountaintop removal) summer before this one. it sounds like another one of the 'we are all troy davis' cases (eg 'wilders' in nyc, etc.)

they bought the judges in wv. 'arch coal', us chamber of commerce, etc   even beat up a legislator (cant remember the name--but very famous) who protested big coal.  robert byrd was senator there (brought home the goods) and he was a trip if you know his history, but he supported coal, etc.

and now there's frackin too. and wind farms (destroy the ridges so you can power your smartphone, since there's not much more power than that).

oxycontin country but they do have yellow birches too.