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Sheriff will try to prevent Hernandez from marrying in jail

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Aaron Hernandez’s fiancée wouldn’t be able to testify against him if the two of them marry before he goes to trial. But the sheriff who oversees the jail holding Hernandez doesn’t want that to happen.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson told USA Today that he would try to prevent Hernandez and fiancée Shayanna Jenkins from marrying.

“I don’t subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you’re a good citizen,” he said. “We’ll do everything we can to not have that happen.”

At the moment, this is all speculative: We don’t know if Jenkins still wants to marry Hernandez, we don’t know if the state is planning to call her as a witness at his trial and we don’t know if Hodgson could legally prevent a wedding in jail if Hernandez and Jenkins both want it.

But Jenkins could be an important witness, as she likely knows when Hernandez came home on the night Odin Lloyd died, how he was acting and whether he in fact destroyed their home security camera footage. Jenkins also could testify about what Hernandez’s relationship with Lloyd was like, as Hernandez and Lloyd met because Lloyd was dating Jenkins’s sister. If a wedding is part of a legal strategy to keep Jenkins from saying anything damaging on the stand, then the sheriff doesn’t want the wedding in his jail.

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  1. anygivenwednesday13 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:04 AM

    Taking into account the current death rate of known associates of Aaron Hernandez … I would recommend Shayanna spend less time making wedding plans and more time investigating Federal Witness Relocation Programs.

  2. fanofevilempire says: Jul 3, 2013 7:17 AM

    I hope the Sheriff prevents him from getting his hands on a car, this guy gets into a lot of trouble
    whenever he has or rents a car.

  3. fanofevilempire says: Jul 3, 2013 7:19 AM

    I hope Nancy Grace covers this trial and bring
    in Judge Duty too.

  4. fanofevilempire says: Jul 3, 2013 7:19 AM

    sorry, Judge Judy.

  5. jagsandliquor says: Jul 3, 2013 7:20 AM

    Well, he did allegedly kill someone. So guess it’s ok

  6. barbasol11111111 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:23 AM

    And if that doesn’t work out he can always just have her killed

  7. manilarizzo says: Jul 3, 2013 7:27 AM

    Not sure this can fit into a movie anymore. We’re just getting started. Hernandez, Season 1!

    Save me from my daily addiction of searching to see what’s next!!!

  8. bh83 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:29 AM

    Urban Meyer averaged .41 arrests of his players per game at his time in Florida.

  9. dg0122 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:30 AM

    Are men and women allowed to get married any more? What is Chris Kluwe’s opinion on this?

  10. aoc57 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:32 AM

    Wait one of the lawyers on the mother ship said that law only applies in Massachusetts if they were marred before this all took place and that even if they got married now, he would still have to answer questions from before the marriage.

    Needing some clarification here lawyer guy

  11. tincansailor981 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:33 AM

    Not wanting to pre-judge but this dude is making himself look guilty, if he isn’t already

  12. bigmarsh57 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:33 AM

    The title of this story invites too many jokes to write.

  13. skins21 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:42 AM

    Wait, he’s already met someone? I thought he was in solitary?

  14. thebigtim2012 says: Jul 3, 2013 7:49 AM

    These are the same jails that allowed a taxpayer funded sex change. If he wants to get married it will happen

  15. vikingsrulez69 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    Well, I don’t know how the sheriff can stop him if it’s true love. Even death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.

  16. titansfan1950 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:00 AM

    You guys watch too much tv. You can’t get married to avoid testifying. If you weren’t married when the act in question happened then you can’t claim marital privilege.

  17. sschmiggles says: Jul 3, 2013 8:01 AM

    Since he hasn’t been convicted yet, I doubt the sheriff can do anything legally to stop a marriage. You forfeit some rights as a felon, but Hernandez isn’t a felon yet in the eyes of the law.

  18. noncentsicle says: Jul 3, 2013 8:03 AM

    If she does marry Hernandez for the purpose of avoiding testifying against him, she’s every bit the human POS he is.

  19. spfreak says: Jul 3, 2013 8:06 AM

    Gosh, if this marriage was to proceed, it serves no purpose but to help him in some loving/legal kind of way? A short-term gain is all it will provide for Aaron. Let’s think in the long-term here folks.

    If this woman proceeds with such an ill-advised marriage, she will probably file for divorce before the paddy wagon even leaves the court for the joint, one last time! Sad thing is this: not all, but most women cannot go life alone, human nature dictates that. Just the way it is, just the reality.

    How long would such a marriage last in the long run? Is it safe to suggest that such a marriage will come with an inevitable divorce? If it’s meant to beat the system in some way, I think so.
    Any marriage here will be a temporary fix, as most women want what’s best for their child (long-term). This is not it.

    In the end, the woman has to live on? Most women try to — and eventually do live on. She will have needs, etc. etc. which will be hard to fulfill with Aaron in prison. The worst part? Which man would want to be a part of this drama after it’s all said and done? Yikes.

    Sorry, I mean no disrespect here to her… I just thought of that now by accident as I’m typing. Sad. Heck, come to think of it, hope most of the men out there would steer clear of this situation. In the end, hope this marriage does not proceed, time to move on for all parties concerned… the 2013 NFL kick off can’t come soon enough!!!

  20. almighty1 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:06 AM

    I can only imagine her father, beaming with pride, as he walks his daughter down the aisle. Or through the yard or mess hall. I hope my daughter marries a known murderer.

  21. Jim says: Jul 3, 2013 8:07 AM

    Perhaps she doesn’t want to marry the guy who may have murdered her sister’s boyfriend.

  22. packerman1968 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:14 AM

    I think the Sheriff is over stepping his boundaries.

    In the court of public opinion , AH is guilty .

    In the real world he is still innocent until proven guilty.

    He has the right to marry , no matter what the reason is.

  23. butterstone84 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:15 AM

    how does he still have a fresh fade every time i see him?

  24. jimr10 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:16 AM

    I would think that anything that happened prior to the marriage would negate that she can’t testify against her spouse…

  25. sportsnut101 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:17 AM

    Why does the sheriff need to bein news everyday now he’s 15 min of fame is up u have a prisoner in jail like the rest

  26. rhamrhoddy says: Jul 3, 2013 8:19 AM

    Not exactly her dream wedding.

  27. omarthesteakhouse says: Jul 3, 2013 8:22 AM

    I had to create a login to say this: you idiots keep reporting Massachusetts law incorrectly. It’s not that she *can’t* testify, it’s that the state cannot *compel* her to testify. She can, in fact, testify if she so chooses.

    Secondly, Massachusetts law only protects *spousal* communications. They are currently not married!

  28. whatjusthapped says: Jul 3, 2013 8:29 AM

    Jenkins should focus on getting money for herself and their daughter because the assets are going to be liquidated and that baby deserves to be supported.

  29. jeffhink says: Jul 3, 2013 8:29 AM

    Unless Mass. has some crazy law on spousal privilege, it doesn’t matter if they’re married. Things like when he came home and if he destroyed the video footage wouldn’t be covered because it wasn’t a communication between the two. They also weren’t married at the time, and the privilege usually only applies to situations taking place during the marriage.

  30. FinFan68 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:30 AM

    I thought he was only allowed one visitor at a time. The sheriff needs to stop talking. The defense will use his comments to try and paint the entire PD as out to get AH. It only takes one idiot on the jury to believe it.

  31. Robert Chandler says: Jul 3, 2013 8:32 AM

    I read the headline much too fast and for a moment thought Sharrif Floyd and Aaron Hernandez had gotten engaged to one another. Not that it would have been the most shocking new item of the recent weeks.

  32. bendover09 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:33 AM

    If they need her that means the case could be struggling and the media took it a bit too far .. not saying he will walk , but his lawyers will make sure he is in the penthouse suits in solitary with NFL trainers helping him

  33. fatcamper says: Jul 3, 2013 8:34 AM

    If she marries him I can only imagine Thanksgiving dinner with the Jenkins family. “Hey honey, can you tell us more about that time your husband killed your sister’s boyfriend?”

  34. xxwhodatxx says: Jul 3, 2013 8:35 AM

    Even if they get married, it doesn’t matter. Anything that was said between them before isn’t protected.

  35. bigj7769 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    I know he’s been charged with a LOT, but getting married while incarcerated is a right that he does have. The sheriff saying he’ll do what he can to prevent it shows how both sides of the law are dirty and selfish.

  36. packerbackernj says: Jul 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    She’ll probably stick with him. women b crazy yo

  37. RUAHORNH8R says: Jul 3, 2013 8:38 AM

    If they want to get married, there is no chance it can be stopped! No chance

  38. patsfan says: Jul 3, 2013 8:44 AM

    If she odes marry him, does that shield any of his asssets?

  39. RUAHORNH8R says: Jul 3, 2013 8:46 AM

    The sheriff has no jurisdiction to prevent a marriage, but she is done with him by now! Skol

  40. chrisnyg says: Jul 3, 2013 8:49 AM

    I’m sure he will find his new love in the prison he will be going too once found guilty.

  41. dtlb58 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:50 AM

    On another note….why in every picture I see of AH is he cuffed in the front? I wouldn’t put it past him to snatch any cops gun and waste them. Cuff in the back guys, always in the back!

  42. skoobyfl says: Jul 3, 2013 8:52 AM

    I’d let him get married as part of the sentencing.

  43. popdawg99 says: Jul 3, 2013 8:59 AM

    They both have to show up at the courthouse for the county in which they wish to get married and go through the process of vouching that they are getting married voluntarily, i.e., not under duress (might be an issue there) before they can have an official marriage certificate, which is required for the privilege against testifying to apply. In short, even without the sheriff trying to be a hardo, they are unlikely to get married.

  44. ayoungandres says: Jul 3, 2013 9:02 AM

    I think he’s guilty as sin but, um, innocent until proven guilty boss. Good luck stripping a legally innocent person of his fundamental rights.

  45. keiteay says: Jul 3, 2013 9:02 AM

    Urban Meyer is not walking through that door, Aaron. Jeremy Foley is not walking through that door, and Huntley Johnson is not walking through that door.

  46. reporterofthetruth says: Jul 3, 2013 9:04 AM

    Marrying Hernandez will guarantee a life of chastity.

  47. pondbridge says: Jul 3, 2013 9:04 AM

    The plot lines emerging here would be rejected for Sopranos script as too fantastic to be believed. Which means that Kraft should recoup some of his losses (with proceeds to victim’s family) by making this into Reality TV (I know, I know, it already is…)

  48. newagerocker says: Jul 3, 2013 9:05 AM

    I’m pretty sure he’ll wind up getting married in jail, it may not be to Shayanna Jenkins, but he’ll wind up getting married alright!

    ZING! I’ll be here all week ladies and gentlemen, try the veal!

  49. lgbarn says: Jul 3, 2013 9:08 AM

    This tells you all you need to know about her character. Anyone who is willing to defend a killer, is not someone I would want to be friends with or even be acquainted with. I don’t care if your mother is the killer, you don’t support these kinds of things.

  50. melikefootball says: Jul 3, 2013 9:18 AM

    This gives you a true story and how guilty one is when he talks of getting married to stop truth from coming out.

  51. chi01town says: Jul 3, 2013 9:48 AM

    If she really dont wanna testify in court all she has to do is plead the 5th amendment. she hasnt been named as a suspect so there is no abstruction. the best part is she only has to say it once

  52. anthonyverna says: Jul 3, 2013 9:50 AM

    While I don’t believe the sheriff can stop the marriage, I don’t believe it will have any effect on the criminal trial.

    The real question on the MA law of spousal privilege/disqualification is if it applies to all matters – even those matters before the marriage.

  53. nananatman says: Jul 3, 2013 9:50 AM

    I like this Sheriff, cagey veteran law dog, is the commish hiring?

  54. tramonisland says: Jul 3, 2013 9:58 AM

    Of course she’ll want to marry him. Then she’ll get half of his money, well whatever money is left.

  55. malibu67 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:04 AM

    As a divorced man, my adice to him is “don’t do it”, even if you are guilty of alleged crime. Why make 2 mistakes .

  56. dsharpe8 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:16 AM

    She’s going to marry him for the money and run since he probably won’t be able to enjoy as he more than likely will get booked for those three bodies and only God knows what else…

  57. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Jul 3, 2013 10:25 AM

    Depends on what the spousal immunity is in Mass. Even if they were married while he’s locked up the state might not recognize the communications privilege, i.e. anything that was said to her or any of her knowledge that is considered private through the sanctity of marriage. Mass might say the heck with that you were not married when this took place.

  58. hoodoosteve says: Jul 3, 2013 10:33 AM

    I remember when Christopher Moltisanti’s girl friend, Adriana tried this and it didn’t work. And things didn’t work out too well for her.

  59. bennyb82 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:33 AM

    What she really should be doing is trying to get him to adopt her. That is the new fad. I mean…she is likely more concerned about the money than making vows with a husband she would get to see through glass. Two dependents is better than one.

  60. mogogo1 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:34 AM

    If she wants a dime for herself or their daughter, she’d better get moving because he’s going to be penniless by the time the lawyer bills and civil suits are over. And they don’t pay all that great for stamping license plates in the big house.

  61. jlambert58 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:55 AM

    The Patriots have already cut off any more money coming to AH. All the current money is probably spoken for for legal fees, bills. Looming large is possible civil suits that will bankrupt his estate as well.

    She needs to take what she can, give a deposition and request a spot in the Witness Protection Program.

  62. ruggyup says: Jul 3, 2013 10:55 AM

    It’s way beyond my pay grade to understand the mechanics of a guy jailed in solitary confinement having a legal marriage ceremony. Oops, that dirty filthy unword, ‘legal’.

  63. mblue24 says: Jul 3, 2013 10:57 AM

    They should be able to get married just like anybody else that’s in jail or prison. They have a daughter also.

  64. doctormantistoboggan says: Jul 3, 2013 10:57 AM

    Here is how things would shake out:

    Tebow = minister

    Brady = flower girl

    Belichick – wedding singer

    Gronk = plans bachelor party (likely in prison yard)

    Kraft = finances wedding

    Meyer = creepy drunk guy at wedding that hits on married women

  65. vietnambob2473 says: Jul 3, 2013 11:15 AM

    Harvey Steinberg said on NFLN that it doesnt matter if they are married after the fact, she still would have to testify, so what good does getting married do them other than allowing her the legal right to handle finances?

  66. vietnambob2473 says: Jul 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    She could also be charged with obstruction and aiding if she doesnt want to talk, so the cops have those cards to play as well.

  67. ravensfaninflorida says: Jul 3, 2013 11:39 AM

    Trust me….He is gonna get married. Just not in the way he wants to be.

    “Mr Hernandez….. Big Bubba. I now pronounce you husband and husband. Mr Bubba. You may now ream the bride”

  68. duffelbagsports says: Jul 3, 2013 11:42 AM

    Well Harvey Steinberg is wrong. The privilege applies even if the spouse was not married at the time of the events that are the subject of the criminal trial. See Commonwealth v. DiPietro

  69. vietnambob2473 says: Jul 3, 2013 12:06 PM

    Duffelbagsports,

    See Commonwealth v Walker. If charged with obstruction of justice or aiding ( which can be as simple as knowing that Hernandez destroyed the security tapes) she will be obligated to testify, marriage or not.

  70. tigersfandan says: Jul 3, 2013 12:13 PM

    Um, who says she wants to marry him?

  71. staff2cj says: Jul 3, 2013 12:36 PM

    Although I don’t agree with Hernandez, the sheriff is an idiot. He should be allow to marry. Prisoners marry all the time. Stop trying to make the news sheriff!!

  72. bennyb82 says: Jul 3, 2013 12:49 PM

    I heard that she visited Hernandez today and asked him how she could get in touch with Jamarcus Russell…

  73. omegalh says: Jul 3, 2013 1:05 PM

    Why doesn’t Hernandez and his car buddies marry each other? Then they could all clam up and not testify against each other.

    Is it really legal if the events happened before their marriage? Seems like a loop-hole for a ton of gangsters.

  74. bradygirl12 says: Jul 3, 2013 1:22 PM

    Sounds like the guy of every woman’s dreams.
    3 possible murders (that they know of), shot a guy in the face,busted another guy’s eardrum,and numerous other violent incidents…sounds like a nice healthy relationship.

  75. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    I can’t comment on what Mass spousal protections are, however convicted murderers do get married in prison at times so I don’t see how the sheriff could block this.

  76. liltifer says: Jul 3, 2013 1:42 PM

    “Not wanting to pre-judge but this dude is making himself look guilty, if he isn’t already”

    What gave you that opinion? Destroying his cell phone, destroying his surveillance or killing people?

  77. jiggy3198 says: Jul 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    Bubba going to be very upset

  78. enoughofthatalready says: Jul 3, 2013 2:34 PM

    Me thinks that Hernandez has already consummated marriage many times already in jail.

  79. stuckonwords says: Jul 4, 2013 5:52 PM

    The sheriff says:

    “I don’t subscribe to that. I feel that those rights are things that you access on the outside, if you’re a good citizen,” he said.

    So he has an opinion. It’s not his job to enforce his opinion. It’s his job to enforce the law and the opinions of judges. His opinion doesn’t mean squat, and he should have no right trying to push it and no pulpit from which to preach it.

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