Judge orders release of Hernandez search warrants, affidavits

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As prosecutors continue to build a case for murder against Aaron Hernandez, they’ll be required to share a lot of the evidence with the public.

According to the Associated Press, a judge on Monday granted a request made by news organizations to lift an order sealing the search warrants issued in the case.  The warrants will be released on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. ET, absent a challenge from lawyers for both sides, who wanted to keep the information secret.

Per CNN, the order encompasses the search warrants, the affidavits submitted to support the issuance of the warrants, and documents reflecting the evidence that was recovered.

So, basically, we’ll find out what the police wanted, why they wanted it, and what they found.

The information could be extensive.  Most of the evidence disclosed, for example, in the investigation of customer fraud at Pilot Flying J came from the lengthy affidavit submitted in support of the request for search warrants.

It’s a fairly simple process.  The Fourth Amendment protects us from unreasonable searches and seizures.  (The page apparently fell out of the NSA’s copy of the Constitution.)  To overcome that protection, the authorities must persuade a judge that probable cause exists to believe that evidence of a crime will be found during the search.

In this case, Hernandez’s house was searched multiple times, along with areas near his property.  Also, police made multiple visits to a separate apartment he rented.  At least one strip club in Providence was searched, along with the Connecticut home of Hernandez’s uncle.

43 responses to “Judge orders release of Hernandez search warrants, affidavits

  1. Media gets their hands on investigation documents, publishes all this grizzly details, pollutes a potential jury pool, fair trial nearly impossible, huge profits for running story. I wonder how much the judge is going to pocket for agreeing to release the files.

    I think Hernandez is guilty as sin, but this is why it needs to be illegal to publish names before a conviction.

  2. “(The page apparently fell out of the NSA’s copy of the Constitution.)”

    Uh, Mike, I guess you havn’t noticed. The entire US government has lost the entire page of The US Constitution containing The Bill of Rights.

  3. I hate to break it to you but the jury pool is already polluted.

    This has been one of the most driven into the ground stories in New England history. Good luck finding even one juror not at least up to date on the proceedings and please try even harder to find one with a positive opinion of Hernandez.

    I have an idea. Maybe he shouldn’t have so brazenly murdered people to the point that a completely circumstantial case could be made that can hold him without bail for as long as the trial takes?

    Information should be free.

  4. Do I think he’s guilty… Yes

    Do I think everyone deserves a trail without the jury pool being contaminated by endless media over analysis.. “Sigh”… Yes

  5. So, basically, we’ll find out what the police wanted, why they wanted it, and what they found.
    So after we find out, how will it change our lives?? How will it change the lives of innocent people caught up in this mess. BUT hey we have a right to know. Boy if this makes your day, YOU NEED TO GET A LIFE.

  6. There was a tidal wave of pre-trial publicity in the George Zimmerman case and it looks like that has not damaged Zimmerman’s chances of getting a fair trial. In fact, the way things have gone so far, he will probably be acquitted.

  7. There is no requirement that jurors cannot have heard about a case in order to sit on a jury. Also you’d be amazed at how many folks truly pay absolutely no attention to the news.

  8. This sounds like OJ is involved…

    Jury votes not-guilty after the fine consulting by OJ, and the kid gets off… he publishes a book on “If I had committed murder, this is how I’d do it!”… and he lands in jail 10 years later after a botched robbery attempting to grab Robert Kraft’s lost precious ring…

    just guessing on the outcome…

  9. @irishking

    Let’s say he is acquitted, what happens then? He picks up right where he left off? No harm no foul? His life will never be the same regardless of the outcome of the case.

    Releasing the names of accused does nothing but shift public perception. There is no need for it. Does much more harm than good.

  10. I think Hernandez is guilty, but there is no way he gets a fair trial with what has been already reported.

    Even if the affidavit remained sealed, Hernandez is done. The state has too much evidence on him. His “friends” will/have already turned on him.
    The media has covered it extensively.

    He’s done.

  11. As we speak the judge is throwing out all evidence since it was illegally collected. Charges are dropped, AH is released, signs with 49ers, and Hernandez catches winning touchdown against Patriots in Super Bowl. hahaha

  12. Good grief.

    How does anything that the NSA did have to actually do with the 4th amendment.

    I don’t see any search and seizure here?

    Pretending like internet data is the same thing as searching a car or home is just asinine.

    If you still think what you do on the internet, i.e. googling, facebook, twitter, etc. is private, then you’re crazy. You’re opting in to sharing information. The government looking at that information – I haven’t seen the part where they seized or searched.

  13. The page apparently fell out of the NSA’s copy of the Constitution

    Like it or not, that page was replaced by the Patriot Act.

  14. Would you really prefer that people be arrested and held without revealing their identities and charges? And, would you like for evidence resulting from a mandated search be secret? What out for what you ask for; you just might get it.

  15. @irishking

    So you somehow believe that we wouldn’t know who the accused is if it wasn’t for this order to release the search warrant and affidavit?

    #clueless

  16. This is so dumb! Mr. Hernandez will never receive a fair trial now!! Its already been tainted from the start with the media filming all in front of his house! And police allowing it while they arrested him. No justice here.

  17. @dcapettini

    Disclosing the name of someone being held only affects those with no connection to the accused. If someone is being held, anyone who has contact will know. Your family, employer, and bill collectors will surely be aware that you are missing.

    By having your name released, I.e. Zimmerman, you are greatly affected beyond that. Hiding the names won’t fix everything, but its a start.

  18. The media and the general public do not have the right to this information…at least not yet. Release of the data prematurely has the potential to harm the investigation.

  19. All this talk about rights, Lloyd had a right to still be alive, his family has a right to justice. and I got the right to say LOCK Aaron’s a%$ up for life. Aaron murdered that man and everybody knows that.

  20. All I can think about is how much Hernandez is regretting this decision. Did he think he was untouchable?

    We live in a country where if you are a celeb, or well known – police and the law want to get you even more so. I think that’s much better than some countries where its nearly impossible to bring charges against a well known, well liked, celeb figure.

  21. You do not live in a free country. Your freedom is a gift from the state. It can be taken from you at any time, with the right set of accusations (as opposed to convictions). This is particularly true with regard to men and family court issues. It’s somewhat unrelated to AHern, but I’m just making a point. and you’d do well to remember it.

  22. A jury’s job is not to be clueless but ABLE to make a fair decision with what is presented to them and not what they heard pre-trial. They do not have to live in a vacuum just intelligent enough to serve and make decisions on evidence only available in court. It makes it difficult sure but not impossible.

  23. A. Hernandezs’ attorneys will most certainly file a motion to have the trial moved to a different location! It is going to be impossible to have a NON-biased Jury @ this stage in the game! 99% of you already have him Guilty & Hung! While the information that has been released, does NOT look good for him, we only know what has been fed to us by the Media, and the DA’s office with a Clear Agenda!
    Once the actual facts come out in this case, things could look entirely different!
    Lets just play this thing out the “American way” and let true justice play out! Whether he is guilty or innocent, a fair trial is everyone’s right, AH included

  24. Great! Now his Wikipedia page will be more accurate for when Wes Welker’s wife tells us to go read it.

  25. Mr. Lloyd was murdered by Aaron and his two bums and thats a fact.
    everybody has forgot about Lloyd’s family and friends. they have rights too. they have the right to justice so lets not forget Lloyds mom & dad. while all you lawyers start getting Aaron out of jail. I wanna see Aaron in Jail for life

  26. I don’t think he’s guilty, I don’t think he’s innocent. I don’t know, I need to see the evidence first.

  27. Hell look at the comments on here, all they’ve been fed is reports from the media and they’re already saying lock him up for life. Heck people were saying to lock him up for life when they first heard of him being investigated for a shooting.

    Like it or not, public opinion is NOT intelligent opinion as it’s rarely based on facts. All any of us actually know is that a man died, Hernandez knew him, and was with him the night he did. I doubt in the public opinion world has actual solid evidence to know anymore than just that, and thus doesn’t have the right to form anything off of just that.

  28. fair trial, shmair shrial – they can move the case to timbuktu and his azz will still end up in the slammer. And I know we haven’t seen/heard everything, but people have been convicted of murder on way less circumstantial evidence than what’s been made public already.

  29. the text message from Lloyd to his
    sister ( who has rights ) was enough for me. Lloyd told his sister who killed him before they done it. that man is dead. shot down in the street and Aaron was there when it happend. LOCK his a%$ up for life

  30. donth8thehorns says: Jul 9, 2013 2:06 PM

    A. Hernandezs’ attorneys will most certainly file a motion to have the trial moved to a different location! It is going to be impossible to have a NON-biased Jury @ this stage in the game! 99% of you already have him Guilty & Hung! While the information that has been released, does NOT look good for him, we only know what has been fed to us by the Media, and the DA’s office with a Clear Agenda!
    Once the actual facts come out in this case, things could look entirely different!
    Lets just play this thing out the “American way” and let true justice play out! Whether he is guilty or innocent, a fair trial is everyone’s right, AH included
    __________________________________

    A. The most important aspect in bullet-pointing a condescending post is to ensure that you have a second bullet point. Otherwise it just looks silly.

    B. You watch too many court room dramas. This is a national story. What makes you think he will get a more impartial jury anywhere else? Which, by the way, is the first criteria for validating a change of venue request. Even if 99% of the posters here do have him guilty, they aren’t all from Massachusetts.

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