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Hernandez adds another lawyer to his team

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It’s not quite a dream team, but it’s clear that Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is preparing for a potential legal nightmare.

According to Nick Underhill of MassLive.com, Hernandez has hired Jamie Sultan, an experienced criminal defense lawyer whose experience fits Herndanez’s potential needs more closely than that of Michael Fee, the big-firm white-collar criminal defense specialist.  Per Underhill, Sultan was seen leaving Hernandez’s home on Tuesday.  Fee separately told Underhill that Sultan’s firm is serving as co-counsel.

Sultan, with an undergraduate degree from Yale and a law degree from Harvard, has more than 30 years experience defending clients against criminal charges and, as his online bio explains, “fend[ing] off charges against clients under investigation.”

For now, Hernandez needs some good fending.  Eventually, he may need some good defending.  Either way, Sultan’s experience suggests that he’s better equipped than Fee to handle the situation.

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57 Responses to “Hernandez adds another lawyer to his team”
  1. boyshole25 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:05 PM

    Ahh yes lawyers, the true criminals of our society.

  2. mcjon22 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:07 PM

    He destroys a surveillance system, smashes his phone into pieces, the rental car at the crime scene was his, and he keeps hiring lawyers.

    Yep, that sounds like an innocent person

  3. apkyletexas says: Jun 25, 2013 7:08 PM

    Sultan’s web page bio says he’s obtained two reversals of murder convictions at the appellate level.

    I’d say Hernandez is planning for some very serious charges if he’s already prepping for future appeals.

  4. vaughnjoe says: Jun 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    Tune in soon to the real pandoras box when we find out the plot and suspects intent. Im pretty sure he didnt smash up his surveillance system for no reason. Im sure hes jonesing for the good ole days of hanging at the strip club with his hoodlum buddies.

  5. recyclecode6 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    Lets hope he’s paying for his homies to have the same lawyer…

  6. wwwmattcom says: Jun 25, 2013 7:14 PM

    If I was innocent and was a multi millionaire (even if only potentially) I would hire a dream team to protect that.

    If I was guilty, I would do the same thing for the same reason.

  7. hittinhawks says: Jun 25, 2013 7:14 PM

    Too bad for him O.J. Already used the leagues get outta jail free card.

  8. e5tolife says: Jun 25, 2013 7:15 PM

    Guilty or innocent any reasonable person would be hiring the best lawyer/s they could in this situation.

    While a lot of his actions don’t scream innocent, the hiring of criminal defense lawyers isn’t one of those actions. It’s an entirely reasonably thing to do.

  9. upperdecker19 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:16 PM

    He hasn’t hired me yet??!!?? That’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous.

    Regards,
    Jackie Chiles

  10. stoutfiles says: Jun 25, 2013 7:17 PM

    Why don’t we use the NSA’s records to know who he called, who he texted, and where his GPS signal was that night? It doesn’t matter that he smashed his phone, they have everything they need.

  11. kwickett85 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:17 PM

    Did any of his lawyers represent Ray Lewis??

  12. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 7:17 PM

    It looks like about 98% probability that Hernandez was the triggerman. Which means 0% probability that he will play in the NFL again. Anyone hanging around purely from a football perspective can move along.

  13. ozymandias121 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:18 PM

    This screams innocence. Obviously his other lawyers he already figured out a loophole for him. (Sarcasm)

  14. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 25, 2013 7:18 PM

    I was hoping he’d hired Barry Zuckercorn.

  15. chrisnyg says: Jun 25, 2013 7:20 PM

    Guilty guilty guilty maybe not of murder but def was involved. He will get a slap on the wrist and once again (just like with Rey Lewis) fans will cheer this man while a family grieves of their lost son.

  16. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Jun 25, 2013 7:21 PM

    Superbowl XLIII MVP. In the jets house.

  17. soxroq says: Jun 25, 2013 7:24 PM

    If Hernandez isn’t convicted would goodell really suspend him for destroying his videos?

  18. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    Hernadez needs to be back in New England, he can tell Tom Brady when to pull the trigger and help him “break” down film. and also how to “change” your calls

  19. dcapettini says: Jun 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    Hey, we are going to get a circus sometime this year. If the tape’s destroyed you must deploy! If only he was on the franchise tag. Maybe he should visit OJ for advice. He isn’t otherwise occupied.

  20. 3menandablog says: Jun 25, 2013 7:25 PM

    He’s so guilty. Which means nothing will happen to him.

  21. 1phd says: Jun 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    Meanwhile, the State has a bumbling team of Inspector Clouseau and a band of chimpanzees teaming with a silent DA and a Judge who is making sure everyone remains in the dark. Any wonder why the family of the deceased feels a little resentment?

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 7:28 PM

    Just a word of warning, Aaron, they call him the Sultan of “Swing”.

  23. wjohnson1186 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:33 PM

    Bob Loblaw Is Taking New Clients.

  24. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 7:33 PM

    When perps bring in Sultan of Swing, you know they are in dire straits.

  25. mikeypanic says: Jun 25, 2013 7:34 PM

    Guilty

  26. fnc111 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:38 PM

    Israel idonijay will break his neck next month

  27. nyyjetsknicks says: Jun 25, 2013 7:46 PM

    Aaron Hernandez the landscaper is currently in jail or out on bail.

  28. pekkle007 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:47 PM

    If OJ taught us nothing, its that justice for AaronThal requires a “Dream Team.” Now that he has the requisite “police botched the evidence guy,” all he needs is the DNA shyster to confuse the jury.

  29. bobothegreatest says: Jun 25, 2013 7:48 PM

    kissmytaintpatriotsrule says:

    Jun 25, 2013 7:21 PM
    Superbowl XLIII MVP. In the jets house.

    Should be:

    Superbowl XLIII MVP. In the BIG house.

  30. harrisonhits2 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:54 PM

    boyshole25 says:

    Ahh yes lawyers, the true criminals of our society.
    _____________________________________

    Sorry but Washington politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs / boards of directors are far worse.

    Lawyers are simply an unpleasant form of parasite that feed off society’s ills.

  31. lawyermalloy says: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    it’s about time!

  32. djlawless1 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    Hernandez didn’t destroy the camera.

    Matt Estrella did it.

  33. goldrush36 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:01 PM

    recyclecode6 says: Jun 25, 2013 7:12 PM

    Lets hope he’s paying for his homies to have the same lawyer…
    _____________________________________
    I don’t hope he is… All guilty parties need to atone for this crime. Aaron for his own sake better hope he is… because eventually someone is gonna roll if not both of them.

  34. picksix401 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:05 PM

    we can only hope his team of lawyers has studied Bob Loblaw’s Law Blog

  35. mattwalshvideo says: Jun 25, 2013 8:06 PM

    CIRCUS!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Poor ampats fan, more heartbreak.

  36. jeffa43 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:07 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Jun 25, 2013 7:54 PM
    boyshole25 says:

    Ahh yes lawyers, the true criminals of our society.
    _____________________________________

    Sorry but Washington politicians, lobbyists, and corporate CEOs / boards of directors are far worse.

    Lawyers are simply an unpleasant form of parasite that feed off society’s ills.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………….

    That’s the Truth! (Johny Cochrans voice)

  37. CKL says: Jun 25, 2013 8:15 PM

    chrisnyg says:
    Jun 25, 2013 7:20 PM
    Guilty guilty guilty maybe not of murder but def was involved. He will get a slap on the wrist and once again (just like with Rey Lewis) fans will cheer this man while a family grieves of their lost son.
    _________________________________
    This Pats fan won’t cheer for him. If he’s found guilty of even obstructing justice and they don’t get rid of him, I’m writing to the team. And I won’t buy anything Pats related until they get rid of him.

  38. darkglobe1 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:19 PM

    All you people making these lame lawyer jokes are idiots. Why did Shakespeare write ” kill all the lawyers first”? I’d like to see your answer, because I’m sure you are too stupid to know the real reason.

  39. thesteelers says: Jun 25, 2013 8:20 PM

    Dream team?

  40. sportsmeccabi says: Jun 25, 2013 8:38 PM

    I’m tired of hearing people whine about attorney’s and politicians.

    Guess what? People elect and hire them.

    The people are the problem.

  41. jacflash says: Jun 25, 2013 8:38 PM

    Sultan has been advising Ropes & Gray (for those who are mercifully ignorant of this little world, R&G is a very big, very high-end law firm in Boston) since this thing first erupted. But I’m sure R&G has been grateful for all of the virtual ink you’ve spilled in the cause of giving them advice on this matter.

  42. kev86 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:41 PM

    This got bad quick. What’s Tebow think?

  43. itsfootballfolks says: Jun 25, 2013 8:42 PM

    There is no sense in speculating about whether or not Hernandez participated in this murder of his “friend.” Law enforcement will get to the bottom of this eventually.

    What I would like to know, as a Patriots fan, is if ANYONE on the Patriots knew that Hernandez shot his other “friend” in the eye in February 2013 in Florida? How in hell was that kept quiet for 5 months?

    I’m talking about the “friend” who filed a civil suit against Hernandez a week or two BEFORE this murder.

    That in my opinion is worth investigating.

    Best to not be a “friend” of Hernandez, don’t you think?

  44. flybirdhaters27 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:47 PM

    Just put it on the Sultan-Underhill tab…

  45. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 25, 2013 8:48 PM

    @darkglobe1 – Now we know why you’re so crotchety, you’re 400 years old. Since Shakespeare himself told you why he wrote that line.

  46. 3 Finger Lenny says: Jun 25, 2013 8:48 PM

    Hope Hernandez gets the chair

  47. madmax80 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:50 PM

    AFC East Circus Round Robin:
    Last Offseason – Fins with Hard Knocks
    Last Regular Season – Jets (more than usual)
    This Offseason – Pats
    This Regular Season – Buffalo Bil- oh wait. No one cares.

  48. jimbo75025 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:51 PM

    darkglobe1 says:
    Jun 25, 2013 8:19 PM
    All you people making these lame lawyer jokes are idiots. Why did Shakespeare write ” kill all the lawyers first”? I’d like to see your answer, because I’m sure you are too stupid to know the real reason.
    ————-
    Baaahaaa, perhaps you need to realize that Shakespeare actually made lawyer references in at least three plays (that I know of?).

    The funny part, is that lawyers always try to use that one as an argument for their usefullness in society which I doubt was Dick the Butchers motive.

  49. swagger52 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:54 PM

    Do a search on Ray Lewis Atlanta not so storied.

    The police knew that Ray never killed anybody. They knew it was a street brawl. There was no premeditation. There was no motive. The police knew the whole time that Ray was not the killer.

    However, I agree, Patriots and their fans should take lessons from the Ravens on whom to draft and whom to cheer on the field. Then we wouldn’t have these problems.

  50. swagger52 says: Jun 25, 2013 8:55 PM

    Hernandez doesn’t need another lawyer, he needs a file in a cake.

  51. painsyndicate says: Jun 25, 2013 8:58 PM

    Another subhuman piece of trash to eliminate from civilized society. Hopefully all of his posse will get nailed as well.

  52. ravensbob says: Jun 25, 2013 9:21 PM

    Denver at Baltimore, January 2014. AFC Championship.

  53. johncarr43 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:30 PM

    A white-collar criminal defence lawyer named Fee? Sounds like something from Seinfeld.

  54. tellthetruth1313 says: Jun 25, 2013 9:51 PM

    He’s involved somehow, hiding something. Let’s see the genius Bellylick fix this one.

  55. mugsymagpie says: Jun 25, 2013 10:21 PM

    I foresee the Patriots organization choosing character players from here on end. I hope.

  56. tramonisland says: Jun 26, 2013 1:20 AM

    Should have called Saul Goodman, you don’t have a chance with this guy.

  57. whatjusthapped says: Jun 26, 2013 8:06 AM

    All I know for sure is that isn’t going to end well.

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