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Hernandez may be paying for Wallace’s lawyer

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It appears that Carlos Ortiz has flipped on Aaron Hernandez.  It’s apparently unlikely that Ernest Wallace will.

Buried in a story regarding a supposed “mix-up” regarding whether Wallace will be represented by the public defender or a private lawyer is the likely reason for Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter’s frustration:  If Wallace has a high-profile defense lawyer representing him, someone is paying for it.

That someone could be Hernandez.

If so, it means that Wallace most likely will decline to play ball with prosecutors, opting to help circle the wagons with Hernandez.  It also likely means that prosecutors won’t have Wallace to corroborate the testimony of Ortiz, who undoubtedly will be painted as an unreliable malcontent whose story can’t be trusted.

In the end, it may not matter, given the strong circumstantial evidence already linking Hernandez to the killing of Odin Lloyd.  But it would be a lot easier to prove all elements of the case beyond a reasonable doubt if Wallace were willing to cooperate.

For now, Sutter is venting by complaining about the short-term waste of public defender resources.

I’m very concerned about this,” Sutter said, via the Boston Herald.  “This has happened before to other district attorneys and it’s not going to stop until the courts or the Legislature puts a stop to it.  It certainly is an issue of taxpayer money, and it’s also an issue of inappropriately impeding homicide investigations.”

The Herald item leaves hanging the question of whether attorney David Meier’s bill is being footed by someone else.   Technically, the question of whether Hernandez or anyone else is paying Meier to represent Wallace shouldn’t matter.

Still, if Hernandez is paying for Wallace’s lawyer, it means there’s an understanding that the two men are going to stick together in their common defense.  And that’s likely the real reason why Sutter is upset.

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  1. mcwest1 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:07 AM

    If the DA could prove Hernandez is paying for Wallace’s lawyer, wouldn’t that be conflict of interest?

  2. bigdon76 says: Jul 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    2 people saying we did not do it. 1 person saying you did. No murder weapon nor can you place them at the scene of the crime. DA would rather face a public defender than a private lawyer. Why does this sound fishy. Do your job DA and stop crying

  3. FakeHustle says: Jul 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    upset he won’t have a high profile win to slap on his resume, or upset Odin Lloyd’s family won’t have justice?

  4. whenwilliteverend says: Jul 5, 2013 10:26 AM

    If Wallace is not going to play ball then, they should charge him with some more serious crimes instead of accessory after the fact. Why not charge him with murder along with Hernandez. Maybe that would get his attention and maybe then he’d play ball.

    The two against one argument is only going to work if Ortiz’ statements can’t be corroborated. They have plenty of circumstantial evidence. Plus, if Wallace and Hernandez aren’t tried together, Wallace can be called to testify in Hernandez trial which means anything he says can be used against him in his trial. I see no way for Wallace to win here by playing ball with Hernandez. I suspect once Wallace realizes it’s going to go badly, he may change his tune. I’m not sure how easy that will be though if Hernandez is paying for his lawyer.

  5. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    where are all the patriot fans on this site?
    They’ve resorted to commenting on other AFC east team stories.
    It must be sad to be a Pats fan now…

  6. nomoreseasontix says: Jul 5, 2013 10:50 AM

    How will his attorney be able to advise him to accept a plea deal to testify against the guy who is paying him?
    That’s what they call a sticky wicket.

  7. xcerebus1 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:13 AM

    Wow…..paying for his lawyer? What a jerk! As a Pats fan AND a Taxachusetts native I’m pretty damn upset over this. We have dozens of highly trained court appointed attorneys’ that I, and I’m sure most of the citizens of Massachusetts, would gladly pay for. Can we start getting updates on what they eat and when they crap next? I think it’s time to put the daily Hernandez updates on a weekly status.

  8. djstat says: Jul 5, 2013 11:24 AM

    Wallace would plead the fifth if called to testify against AH. Better question is how much money does Hernandez have? His own defense won’t be cheap. I can imagine his lawyers are easily 500-600 per hour and then 2000 per hour when in court

  9. thefox61 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:26 AM

    I am really impressed with how many CSI and Law and Order experts that post here. You all know that the things they do on those shows do not really happen in real life, right?

  10. metalhead65 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:28 AM

    looks like they are going with the Ray Lewis defense with ortiz playing the part of Ray. you know the guy who gets a plea deal and says those 2 did it and they all get off when the other 2 blame each other when brought trial and then everybody walks. the only question after that will be whether hernandez will find Jesus and become one of the best at his position and loved and admired despite his involvement in a murder. and despite all the love and admiration thrown his way the fact is he was there when a murder took place and tried to cover it up. he took a plea deal and because of his testimony everybody walked. if he had nothing to do with it then why pay off the victim’s family? pocket change to him but again if you had nothing to do with it why pay?

  11. fatcamper says: Jul 5, 2013 11:31 AM

    This isn’t a potential conflict? Seems like the BAR needs to step up on this one.

  12. guilbau says: Jul 5, 2013 11:40 AM

    Who cares! It’s his money and he can do what he wants to do with it!

  13. bwomped says: Jul 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    Isn’t that called witness tampering?

  14. sparky151 says: Jul 5, 2013 11:56 AM

    Why would the prosecutor have any say over who represents a defendant? It’s embarrassing for the state that the guy is that insecure. If Hernandez is in fact paying for Wallace’s lawyer, expect a joint defense agreement. Those are common in mob cases. The prosecution will probably be able to call Wallace and treat him as hostile from the start.

    Wallace would be in position to dispute Ortiz’s testimony without exposing Hernandez to cross examination. That’s his value to Hernandez and probably why he’s picking up the tab.

    For those who asked, it’s not a conflict of interest for a lawyer to work for one party while being paid by another. The lawyer owes his duty to his client, Wallace, not the guy paying him.

  15. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:00 PM

    When have we seen money buying double agents before with Patriots?

    How about Goodell burning videotapes? Goodell being a double agent for the NFL and for the Patriots.

  16. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:02 PM

    Lets see…

    Did Ray Lewis pay off witnesses? Answer no…Ray was never guilty. However, he was being shaken down by the Atlanta police to avoid the negative spotlight on Atlanta, so he was forced to pay off the victims to end any civil case.

  17. hedleykow says: Jul 5, 2013 12:12 PM

    If Ortiz flipped on Hernandez after the uncle opened up his house to him, that it is just bad manners, plain and simple.

  18. bennyb82 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:13 PM

    Would anyone be surprised if Hernandez was paying for both of their lawyers?

  19. pinion8ted says: Jul 5, 2013 12:24 PM

    bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    where are all the patriot fans on this site?
    They’ve resorted to commenting on other AFC east team stories.
    It must be sad to be a Pats fan now…
    ———————————————————
    We’re here.

    I’ve been posting right along, as has CSK, and a few other Pat’s fans.

    We are all disgusted by Aaron Hernandez, I haven’t seen a single post supporting him. While he of course is entitled to presumption of innocence in court, I am convinced there’s far too much evidence against him for him to be innocent, and he hasn’t come forward with any other explanation for what they obviously have on tape.

    As a fan, I’m not pleased that there is yet another hole in this once-potent offense, but I have faith in BB, and Brady, that they will find a way to be competitive with the weapons they will have.

    Besides, it’s not like the Jets, ‘Fins, and Bills are going to provide much of a challenge to the division title. ;)

  20. bleedgreen says: Jul 5, 2013 12:31 PM

    bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jul 5, 2013 10:48 AM

    where are all the patriot fans on this site?
    They’ve resorted to commenting on other AFC east team stories.
    It must be sad to be a Pats fan now…
    ——————————————–

    Hernandez isn’t a Patriot anymore. Why should they care?

  21. apkyletexas says: Jul 5, 2013 12:54 PM

    No way Hernandez is paying for Wallace’s lawyer.

    I’m sure Goodell already picked up the tab. Anything for his good friend, Mr. Kraft.

  22. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 12:59 PM

    Our Legal System is a by-product of corrupt politicians and pay to play lawyers like Obama, and the people who continually vote for them in corrupt blue states.

    All the protections are for the Lawyers to rack up Legal Bills, not protections for the innocent, or protections for the public against common criminals.

    Get over it…if you don’t know the above, then you have spent too much time watching TV, and not enough time paying lawyers.

  23. lanman11 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    It’s a free country last time I checked and these are serious charges. Forget about this case for a moment and imagine being wrongly charged with these crimes. Then think about having a friend also charged, but who cannot afford his own attorney, but you have more than enough money to help him out, knowing full well that beyond the motivation of fame and notoriety gained in a high profile case, there is little else to motivate the public defender to do give his highest and best effort. In that scenario, do you believe it’s OK to remove your right to do that, simply because it is in the best interest of the prosecutor, who has A LOT on the line in this case, and IT ALL RIDES ON A CONVICTION. Your innocence or guilt does not matter to him. It’s personal for him, and he is highly motivated and has all the resources the state can provide at his disposal. However that is not enough for him. NOW, he must change the laws, not only for this instance, but for every other prosecutor and every other instance where this could happen. He is using the high profile nature of this case and the damning circumstantial evidence reports to slip one past the public.

    RAHM EMMANUEL, former White House Chief of Staff and Clinton Administration Finance Director, and board member of Freddie Mac when it was making all those bad loans to people who could not afford them (as if it was a birthright) once said:

    “You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before.”

    That’s what is happening here. I have said it here on PFT in other posts – this is typical of politics in liberal Massachusetts. If usurping people’s rights makes the jobs of the state employees easier, then that is what they will do. It goes on almost unfettered and in cases like this where the media sensationalism so heavily leans in one direction, it almost seems like the right thing to do…..in this one case. And that’s the problem. Others will pay the price for this down the road, when there are no cameras and media types around to report on it. They will have moved on to the next TMZ circus to sell listeners, viewers, and page hits.

  24. swagger52 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:47 PM

    lanman11 says: Jul 5, 2013 1:13 PM

    It’s a free country last time I checked and these are serious charges. Forget about this case for a moment and imagine being wrongly charged with these crimes. Then think about having a friend also charged, but who cannot afford his own attorney, but you have more than enough money to help him out, knowing full well that beyond the motivation of fame and notoriety gained in a high profile case, there is little else to motivate the public defender to do give his highest and best effort.

    ___________________________________

    This is the Obama defense. Rather than speak to the issue of the conflict of public interest with the same lawyer representing both defendants, he focuses instead on what he wants you to believe the issue is…The poor defendant that can’t get a fair trial.

    The issue is that the above conflict of interest does nothing but drive up legal costs because of the complications now introduced into the case. However, driving up lawyer costs…always wins. Not a suitable defense..Not a reasonable amount of money spent on prosecution, etc.. It is always about what complicates things so lawyers can get paid the maximum.

    Legal Industry jobs are the job that lawyers like Obama can create.

  25. poridge1214 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:11 PM

    Wallace is charged as an accessory after the fact, which means he wasn’t there during the murder and cannot be charged with murder. He’ll get time, but nothing compared to what AH will get. So he can basically lie all he wants in AH’s favor and still do minimal jail time. They can place AH at the scene, since video shows him at the driver’s seat as they turned down that road, and re-emerged 4 minutes later. But now they have to prove AH commited the murder, whereas he and the other guy can basically point the finger at Ortiz as the shooter. Interesting to see how this trial will play out.

  26. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 5, 2013 2:25 PM

    Sutter brings up a great point. This country’s laws are very flawed and unsubstantial in securing that justice is arrived at and hopefully this will just add more impetus for change to this nation’s laws in the future so that they do a better job of maintaining a civilized country with an adequate sense of justice.

  27. lanman11 says: Jul 5, 2013 2:36 PM

    @swagger52

    I am not sure if either you mis-understand my post or I am not understanding yours. Mine is not the Obama defense, and it comes across to me like you are on the side of changing laws affecting individual freedom to choose your own defense, as well as doing “whats good for most of the people most of the time,” with the understanding that yes, there will be some unfortunate casualties along the way. I’m not in favor of driving up costs, yet I’m not in favor of eliminating people’s rights either. I just see our freedom eroding away on a regular basis, and the state and federal governments intruding more and more on our personal freedoms and liberties in order to track, regulate, fine, and control the population, all in the name of what they call fairness and reduced costs, which we see neither. I simply saw the prosecutor’s comments as another political attempt to “not let a good crises go to waste.” I’m also looking at it away from the glare of the AH case and what the effects could be down the road. AH and company have practically handed this thing to the prosecutor on a silver platter. Eliminating the dependent’s right to hire his own attorney regardless of who pays for it, because it is inconvenient, is a slippery slope to go down especially in capitol offense cases.

  28. blanchonegro says: Jul 6, 2013 8:23 AM

    I really thought Hernandez was fed but the more I hear it sounds like he may get away like OJ. yes the last line rhymes.

  29. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 6, 2013 10:35 AM

    I don’t see these prosecutors screwing up like the ones in Florida during the Casey Anthony trial.

  30. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 6, 2013 10:46 AM

    metalhead65 says: Even Ray has way more class and common sense than to associate himself with someone like Snoop Dog. Even though going to a SB party in Atlanta was a bad idea. The worst part for Ray was having to testify against his childhood friends for saving his butt from getting killed. You know. By the “victims”? Ray’s lucky to be alive. I’m quite sure that if Hernandez gets off somehow. It won’t be the last you hear of him. And not in a good light.

  31. jimmyjames65 says: Jul 6, 2013 11:09 AM

    The first thing I said to myself during the Casey Anthony trial. Why are they going after the death penalty? They screwed up. This guy Hernandez needs put away for a long time. He’s dangerous. No joke. I bet even Timmy Tebow was smart enough to distance himself from this guy after the restaurant incident. Even though Hernandez made Timmy look like a good QB in college. Probably why the Pats gambled and drafted this guy.

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