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Feds could get involved in Hernandez case, and death penalty could be in play

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Every time it looks like it has gotten as bad as it can ever get for Aaron Hernandez, it finds a way to get a little worse.

With a grand jury in Bristol County, Massachusetts considering whether to indict Hernandez for the June 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd and a grand jury in Suffolk County, Massachusetts reportedly considering whether to indict Hernandez for the July 2012 murder of Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu, attorney Jack Furlong explained during Wednesday’s edition of Pro Football Talk on NBCSN that the feds could still get involved in this one — and that Hernandez ultimately could be facing the death penalty.

“If this was a murder of a witness or someone who knew something about the earlier murder, then this case becomes potentially a death penalty case and a federal proceeding,” Furlong explained regarding the killing of Odin Lloyd, who reportedly may have known something about Hernandez’s involvement in the double murder.  “Remember, Massachusetts does not have the death penalty.  The United States government does. . . .  This case . . . went across state lines repeatedly between Florida, Connecticut and Massachusetts.  It could go federal in a heartbeat.”

Six years ago, the prosecution of Mike Vick went federal, but only after it became apparent that the prosecutor in Surry County, Virginia wasn’t moving as zealously as perhaps he should.  Here, the state-level powers-that-be are pushing the issue appropriately, but there’s one specific arrow in the federal quiver that Massachusetts doesn’t have.

So, basically, there’s a chance that Aaron Hernandez eventually could be executed.

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  1. wwwmattcom says: Jul 25, 2013 2:23 PM

    The ultimate fall from grace…

  2. bmorelikeray52 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Damn

  3. classyjacklambert says: Jul 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    I think torture should be a viable penalty in this case. I think the death penalty is way too easy of an out for serial killers but if they had to endure a long torturous existence, maybe they’d think twice.

  4. crush22 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:28 PM

    Goodnight Hoopty Boy.

  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Jul 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    Sweet

  6. mybrunoblog says: Jul 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    No, Hermandez won be executed. It’s just a court room ploy. Another tool for the prosecuters. The Federal Governent didn’t execute the Blind Sheikh you actually believe they’d execute Hernandez? Nah, they’re to busy trying to fluff up some imaginary charges against a certain Hispanic Florida citizen.

  7. morgusthemagnificent says: Jul 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Sh*+ just got real

  8. whatnojets says: Jul 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    PLEASE spare me with the “what if’s”.
    How about the possibility that he may, just may be innocent?

    Would that be a kick in the butt to all you naysayers!!

    Breaking News: Martian News Agency just broke a story that Hernandez may be involved in water theft!!

  9. alleycatzz says: Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    Yeah. Let’s kill a guy for killing people. That makes sense.

  10. ravensterps says: Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    The death penalty should be abolished. Statistically, it is no deterrent. It costs the taxpayers incredible amounts of money. But most of all, it’s MERCY. Make people live the rest of their lives in prison thinking about what they did.

    Don’t give them the sweet release of death. Especially when it costs taxpayers tons of money for no tangible benefit.

  11. bucnasty says: Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM

    Talk the talk now walk the walk tough guy

  12. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    yeah right, like eric holder will allow that to happen.

  13. jetsoptimist says: Jul 25, 2013 2:36 PM

    So is this in connection with, or in addition to the Lloyd murder case. I almost feel bad for him, but if he did do what he’s being charged with I guess it’s only right! Ok, I see what I missed now, so if it’s indeed true(all the murders) then that’s what he deserves(death penalty). Hopefully none of his teammates were involved!

  14. siggtacular says: Jul 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    At least this clown never won a Super Bowl. Good job Eli!!!

  15. erickambestad says: Jul 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    What ever happened to Tebow?

  16. whatnojets says: Jul 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    Nah, they’re to busy trying to fluff up some imaginary charges against a certain Hispanic Florida citizen
    ——————————————-

    You mean that guy that a jury found “Not Guilty”???

  17. bigbenh8tr says: Jul 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    Can’t really comprehend this yet

  18. arrowtoyourknee says: Jul 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    If he’s guilty… execute him. Don’t even wait. Bring him out of the courtroom, as soon as he’s in the public eye, put one in the back of his unsuspecting head. People who kill in cold blood should be killed in cold blood. Set’s an example. You kill, you die.

    Of course, if he’s innocent… well, disregard all of that haha.

  19. 619sdfan4life says: Jul 25, 2013 2:38 PM

    May God Have mercy on your soul AH. I’m sorry your baby will never grow with a dad in its life. I pray for your family and for the victims family. I pray you find God before your last breath. There is no excuse for three people being dead and you being involved in each one. God bless you man you need all the mercy there is.

  20. onbucky96 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    And whats with the lip licking in court? Kind of creepy after the 10th time…even for an “alleged” murderer.

  21. cliverush says: Jul 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    There appears to be three options on the table for the authorities. Try him in Bristol County, which has limited resources, for the Lloyd murder, try him in Suffolk County which includes the City of Boston, which has lots of money and resources for the double murder Lloyd knew about or have the Feds take the whole thing and assist them. The BPD was on the scene with the Staties and the locals in N. Attleboro and the Franklin apt. The Bristol D.A. is probably being told to hold off until they have the best venue to proceed in.

  22. footbal1q says: Jul 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    Dead Man Walking

  23. nflpoker says: Jul 25, 2013 2:42 PM

    Forgetting how much cheaper it would be if the Feds got involved and AH got convicted and was given the death penalty, having to live in a small jail cell the rest of his life would probably would be a worse punishment. I hear of inmates, not all, that have gotten psychotic after spending long prison terms.

  24. youarejealousof6rings says: Jul 25, 2013 2:43 PM

    LOL

  25. buckhuckster says: Jul 25, 2013 2:44 PM

    I can’t wait until Aaron gets his own Rolling Stone cover.

  26. painsyndicate says: Jul 25, 2013 2:45 PM

    Whoah, whoa, whoa… How come Aaron Hernandez isn’t a “white hispanic”? Didn’t he just murder a black guy? How come he gets to skate?

  27. chillyball says: Jul 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    In the year A.D. 2045.

  28. anarchopurplism says: Jul 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    @classyjack

    Yeah, because the government NEVER exploits existing laws for other unintended purposes. Our leaders ALWAYS obey the rules….so yeah….let’s give them unprecedented power to torture people.

    Well thought out sir!

  29. jayniner says: Jul 25, 2013 2:47 PM

    So that’s what they mean by “Making a federal case out of something”

  30. merky19 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:48 PM

    This may be in poor taste, but this reminds me of a Coach John Mckay story when his Tampa Bay Bucs were 0 and 14. When asked by reporters what he thought about his team’s execution, he replied “Oh, I am all for it”.

  31. brettfavresmidget says: Jul 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    Hernandez: What? They didn’t have the death penalty in Grand Theft Auto.

  32. pinion8ted says: Jul 25, 2013 2:50 PM

    So, basically, there’s a chance that Aaron Hernandez eventually could be executed
    ———————————————————
    At which time, Bellichick will still have him listed as “probable” ;) lol

  33. briank1ne says: Jul 25, 2013 2:51 PM

    it absolutely makes sense to kill someone for killing someone. Eye for and Eye. and even trade. and a penalty that people will take heed to so potential murderers think twice before committing the crime. if hes guilty beyond doubt. get rid of him.

  34. nyyjetsknicks says: Jul 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    Life in prison is worse than the death penalty. What do you have to look forward too? He’s in solitary confinement and locked in a cell for 21 hours a day. Everyday he’ll wake up nothing he was set for life at 23 years old but threw it all away.

  35. ecupatsfan12 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:52 PM

    Im a pats fan and he deserves it. He killed possibly more people than Tsarnaev. He deserves whatever comes his way.

  36. flapjackdaddy says: Jul 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    If guilty, that’s exactly what he deserves.

  37. daubs17 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    alleycatzz look ar the crime rate in china…oh wait there isnt any. thats because the law is respected because people actually face consequences and are punished. so, um…they dont commit crimes. if we all listened to dopes like you we’d let punks like hernandez go around and kill people and not have to face a real punishment we’d be in worse shape than we already are. the point is if you dont want to face the death penalty, how about respecting human life rather than shamelessly ending other people’s.

  38. southpaw2k says: Jul 25, 2013 2:53 PM

    Whoa.

    Is it possible that if at some point he chose to change his plea to guilty, he’d be faced with “only” a life sentence? For his sake, a life sentence is preferable to the chair or lethal injection.

    If not, will that be regular or extra crispy?

  39. danielmarcsnyder says: Jul 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    Better to just kill the homicidal maniacs.

    My taxes are high enough.

  40. ras1tafari says: Jul 25, 2013 2:54 PM

    1. The Death Penalty is wrong and amoral.
    2. The Federal Government picking and choosing when to apply it is a prime example of why it should not be used.
    3. The cost to murder someone under the guise of the death penalty has been proven, a number of times, to be more costly to taxpayers than a life sentence.
    4. The death penalty should never even be considered for cases based on circumstantial evidence (Florida double homicide).
    5. The fact that he is being held for murder by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is punishment enough. Give him 200 years if it makes the public feel better, but under no circumstances should the Commonwealth waive it’s right to try Hernandez in-state.

  41. bucrightoff says: Jul 25, 2013 2:55 PM

    You know he’s praying this goes to Florida. Guaranteed walk if it does.

  42. olhoss1884 says: Jul 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    I don’t trust my “peers” to decide what lane to drive in on the expressway, let alone who should live or die. If he’s guilty put him away for life and make sure he’s kept well-informed about the lifestyles of professional athletes who DIDN’T kill people and piss away their lives.

  43. koolaidcircusbeast says: Jul 25, 2013 2:59 PM

    “Forgetting how much cheaper it would be if the Feds got involved and AH got convicted and was given the death penalty”

    That’s a fallacy. Charging someone with the death penalty is more costly than sending a felon to prison for the rest of his/her life. Court costs, appeals, etc… Look it up.

  44. jasonfinfan says: Jul 25, 2013 3:00 PM

    I think the death penalty should be saved for serial Mass Murderer type cases. I don’t think it should be used in this case a life sentance with a possibility of parole after 20 years after his playing career is over.

    Then again executing him would send a clear message to gangbangers.

  45. datageek94 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:01 PM

    “God bless you man you need all the mercy there is.”

    He should be shown the same mercy that he has shown his victims.

    Note: I’ve heard that due to mandatory appeals, it’s actually cheaper to imprison a serial murderer for life than to execute him.

  46. Patskrieg dot com says: Jul 25, 2013 3:02 PM

    Not to make light of a serious situation but… that escalated quickly.

  47. mccannagm says: Jul 25, 2013 3:03 PM

    Who is gonna play Belichik in the movie? I say the goofy red stapler guy from Office Space.

    On a serious note, this is the saddest thing I have ever witnessed in sports.

  48. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 3:03 PM

    nflpoker says: Forgetting how much cheaper it would be if the Feds got involved and AH got convicted and was given the death penalty, having to live in a small jail cell the rest of his life would probably would be a worse punishment. I hear of inmates, not all, that have gotten psychotic after spending long prison terms

    *********************
    I can only speak for California, but it actually costs more to execute someone than it does to incarcerate them for life. It sounds counter-intuitive, but condemned prisoners require special housing (not in General Population), and the costs of responding to all of the appeals to which said prisoners are legally entitled are staggering.

  49. dublindemonszfl says: Jul 25, 2013 3:05 PM

    Why shouldn’t it be, he kills people, people should kill him.

  50. dryzzt23 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:06 PM

    IMO if AH took a life or lives, then his is forfeit. No appeals, no mercy, none of that “second chance” crap. When cons spend decads behind bars they get mental, which could cause legal issues that prevent execution. It’s better to take him out early, save the taxpayers some money.

  51. hollymeus says: Jul 25, 2013 3:07 PM

    executed is bit nonsense

  52. painsyndicate says: Jul 25, 2013 3:15 PM

    Where are Al and Jesse and Barry and Eric on this one?

  53. tatatoothy says: Jul 25, 2013 3:17 PM

    I hear he’s going to be on the cover of the next Rolling Stone

  54. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 25, 2013 3:18 PM

    Anything to take your attention away from: Bengazi, Fast and Furious, poor economy, high unemployment, black on black crime, Middle East falling Apart…. And so on

    And for those who are against death penalty…

    Raise your hands. We will hand you the 40,000 a year, per prisoner bill.

    And for those who say it costs more to put somebody on death row vs. life in prison. Nonsense. It’s only more expensive cause of lawyers and red tape.

    Execution is cheap in China. Rapist, child molesters and killers should all get to visit “old sparky”

  55. johnheisman says: Jul 25, 2013 3:20 PM

    I think the question of whether he should be tried in State or Federal court should be based on the which prison football team could use a huge upgrade at TE in the game against the guards.

  56. kriswd40 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:21 PM

    What twist is next in this case, finding out Hernadez is the one responsible for killing all the honey bees too?

  57. donth8thehorns says: Jul 25, 2013 3:22 PM

    Yeah right! More media hogwash!
    1- The DA office has circumstantial evidence @ best!
    2-No murder weapon, and major gaps in time!
    3-Their star witness is a convicted felon with more tracks on his arm than an Amtrak station !
    They will be Lucky to get a conviction as it is, let alone a federal charge with the death penalty!
    Just another example of the media fabricating scenarios to sell papers & get hits! It gets so old! You can take about 10% of what is reported for fact

  58. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Jul 25, 2013 3:29 PM

    And taking full advantage of the opportunity, unbeknownst to Mallet Tebow patiently waiting in the wings quietly switches jerseys and slips into the backup QB role unnoticed as everyone else is distracted by the Hernandez media s***storm.

  59. criminalelement707 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:30 PM

    These comment threads are fun to read when it’s jokes, but when y’all start sharing your high school level understanding of criminal justice reading them is more trouble than it is worth.

  60. beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 25, 2013 3:31 PM

    alleycatzz says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM
    Yeah. Let’s kill a guy for killing people. That makes sense.

    ………………………………..

    Then u pay the 40,000 dollars a year to keep this loser alive.

    That’s average cost for prisoners.

    A lot of single parent homes barely make that kind of money.

    But hey, the killers need cable tv, right?

  61. jwcarlson says: Jul 25, 2013 3:34 PM

    nyyjetsknicks says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:52 PM
    Life in prison is worse than the death penalty. What do you have to look forward too? He’s in solitary confinement and locked in a cell for 21 hours a day. Everyday he’ll wake up nothing he was set for life at 23 years old but threw it all away.

    —————————————

    Who cares if his life is better or worse? It should be over, and it should be over in the cheapest form possible.

    It costs about $34,000/year to house a “young” prisoner, and about double for that once they reach age 50 and beyond.

    So if AH were to get a life sentence and live to the ripe old age of 65 he’d end up costing the tax payers about $1.9M. And that doesn’t count the costs of the original trial and the inevitable appeals.

    Simply put, I don’t think AH is worth $2,000,000 of taxpayer money to continue to draw breath.

    If he’s found guilty.

  62. painsyndicate says: Jul 25, 2013 3:38 PM

    When is ole Barry going to sermonize us about Hernandez murdering a black guy? I am holding my breath.

  63. briguy5 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:39 PM

    If the Feds really want to punish him, they can make him sign an 8 year deal with the Browns.

  64. rufustfireflyjr says: Jul 25, 2013 3:41 PM

    He WILL get indicted; probably by both grand juries. It is said, with justification, that a D.A. can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich. I served on a grand jury for a month. We heard prosecutors present over a hundred cases, and returned indictments in ALL of them. I doubt if the feds will get involved, though.

  65. nmurray6783 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:43 PM

    I think his punishment should be that he has to play on the Jaguars. I mean that’s pretty much cruel and unusual punishment.

  66. redrew says: Jul 25, 2013 3:44 PM

    Right now the Feds are checking their data base to see if AHern donated to the Obama campaign. If so, the Feds will not get involved but Reverened Al will be sent in to stir up a ruckus

  67. hendawg21 says: Jul 25, 2013 3:48 PM

    ravensterps says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM
    The death penalty should be abolished. Statistically, it is no deterrent. It costs the taxpayers incredible amounts of money. But most of all, it’s MERCY. Make people live the rest of their lives in prison thinking about what they did.

    Don’t give them the sweet release of death. Especially when it costs taxpayers tons of money for no tangible benefit.

    ________________________________

    Really? It cost the taxpayers an incredible amount of money to execute a scumbag not jut Hernandez but any…well what do you think it cost the taxpayers to keep him locked up for the rest of his life???? I’ll bet it’s more than what it would cost to execute!

  68. bushwoodcc says: Jul 25, 2013 3:49 PM

    pinion8ted says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:50 PM
    So, basically, there’s a chance that Aaron Hernandez eventually could be executed
    ———————————————————
    At which time, Bellichick will still have him listed as “probable” lol

    _________________________________

    Funniest comment on this site in months.

  69. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    Bottom line to AH is once the law figures out how it works and what it is then we’ll let you know. In other words nothing is different. If you cause trouble then you have to throw some dice and whatever comes up comes up.

  70. dutchhmaster says: Jul 25, 2013 3:57 PM

    Personally, I imagine it would be worse to get a life sentence in solitary confinement. Let him rot for the rest of his life. Statistics also indicate that 75 years in jail is cheaper than the death penalty.

    That said, if it is the death penalty that is dealt, then hopefully his lawyers have made him aware of the fact that he could be facing this. He will live his remaining days knowing the end is near, but have no idea when exactly. It’s fitting.

  71. bigbenisgay says: Jul 25, 2013 3:59 PM

    I can’t believe in all the ignorance on here. How are you saying that life in prison is worse than the death penalty? How is death not the ultimate punishment??? One guy even said that the death penalty is costly and doesn’t deter, what exactly do long prison terms do? They don’t rehabilitate the inmate and it cost tax payers millions of dollars. Someone else said that killing someone and killing them for it doesn’t make sense… if u take away someone else’s right I personally don’t understand why the judicial system should allow him right… if he did these things and its a lock the he shouldn’t have any rights and should be disregarded or disposed of like the piece of trash he is…and the Steelers suck

  72. igotgamenj says: Jul 25, 2013 4:02 PM

    GO FINS !

  73. purplekoolaid1 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:04 PM

    That’s the “sh** just got real” look on his face in that photo.

  74. ochospantalones says: Jul 25, 2013 4:06 PM

    hendawg21 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 3:48 PM
    ravensterps says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM
    The death penalty should be abolished. Statistically, it is no deterrent. It costs the taxpayers incredible amounts of money. But most of all, it’s MERCY. Make people live the rest of their lives in prison thinking about what they did.

    Don’t give them the sweet release of death. Especially when it costs taxpayers tons of money for no tangible benefit.

    ________________________________

    Really? It cost the taxpayers an incredible amount of money to execute a scumbag not jut Hernandez but any…well what do you think it cost the taxpayers to keep him locked up for the rest of his life???? I’ll bet it’s more than what it would cost to execute!hendawg21 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 3:48 PM
    ravensterps says:
    Jul 25, 2013 2:34 PM
    The death penalty should be abolished. Statistically, it is no deterrent. It costs the taxpayers incredible amounts of money. But most of all, it’s MERCY. Make people live the rest of their lives in prison thinking about what they did.

    Don’t give them the sweet release of death. Especially when it costs taxpayers tons of money for no tangible benefit.

    ________________________________

    Really? It cost the taxpayers an incredible amount of money to execute a scumbag not jut Hernandez but any…well what do you think it cost the taxpayers to keep him locked up for the rest of his life???? I’ll bet it’s more than what it would cost to execute!

    _________________________________

    If you were to make this bet, you would lose. This issue has been studied ad nauseum, and while there is some disagreement the overall consensus is that the death penalty is significantly more expensive than life imprisonment on a per case basis. The costs are not because of the execution itself, but because of the legal processes utilized death penalty cases.

    Obviously, it would be possible to lower the fiscal costs of imposing the death penalty by making it easier to execute people, but there is a reason these complex, onerous, and expensive procedures grew up in the first place: most of us don’t want to execute innocent people.

  75. obmig says: Jul 25, 2013 4:10 PM

    His lawyers are frantically trying get the word out that he’s actually White Hispanic and not just Hispanic.

  76. braddavery says: Jul 25, 2013 4:25 PM

    He will never be sentenced to death. Ever. Mark my words. They don’t ever give people who were rich and famous before their bouts with the law the death sentence. Never gonna happen.

  77. sidepull says: Jul 25, 2013 4:26 PM

    An eye for an eye……….

  78. seanb20124 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:28 PM

    Death penalty for a minority offender? Good job Holder (sarcasm)

  79. scoreatwill says: Jul 25, 2013 4:28 PM

    There is NO way that this current federal government is going to seek the death penalty on a high profile Hispanic. It will never happen!

  80. NoHomeTeam says: Jul 25, 2013 4:31 PM

    beerbudsnbevo says: And for those who say it costs more to put somebody on death row vs. life in prison. Nonsense. It’s only more expensive cause of lawyers and red tape.

    ****************

    Which means . . . follow me here . . . it’s more expensive.

  81. classyjacklambert says: Jul 25, 2013 4:34 PM

    @anarchopurplism

    No you’re DEFINITELY right. Because torture is irreversible, so we should just kill them and undo it later when we realize they were wrongly convicted…

  82. changsteinelgamal says: Jul 25, 2013 4:35 PM

    If you are for the death penalty, you must really trust the government. Why else would you want them to have the power to legally kill you?

  83. whatnojets says: Jul 25, 2013 4:37 PM

    Yesterday in court ……….

    “prosecutors said the grand jury is still considering the evidence against him.”

    So, it seems that the grand jury is hesitating on indictment

  84. sinjin65 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:38 PM

    Punt!!!!

  85. jetsblogger says: Jul 25, 2013 4:40 PM

    painsyndicate says:
    Jul 25, 2013 3:38 PM
    When is ole Barry going to sermonize us about Hernandez murdering a black guy? I am holding my breath.

    —–
    I’d call you a moron if it wasn’t so obvious already. To compare this to the Zimmerman case is ridiculous. Just keep pandering your right wing lunacy to no avail. It’s people like you that give conservatives the stereotype that they are uneducated rednecks.

    No one is calling for justice because justice is being served and handled appropriately, unlike the court system in FL who has given us the Zimmerman and Casey Anthony debacles.

  86. letemplay says: Jul 25, 2013 4:44 PM

    VS life without parole, the death penalty would be much better.

    Let’s wait and make sure he’s guilty before we start sentencing him though.

  87. garyhd01 says: Jul 25, 2013 4:54 PM

    so the one guy is squealing (Ortiz) while the other is keeping his mouth shut (Wallace) does the feds possible involvement affect Wallace ? would a federal charge against him make him think twice about keeping his mouth shut? my opinion is hernandez wants to get off completely and whether its a death penalty or not his look is of a man that doesn’t care if hes executed if indeed he is found guilty!

  88. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2013 5:05 PM

    For all wondering about the cost of execution vs the cost of lifetime incarceration

    In Texas the average cost to execute a prisoner is $3.2MM (according to Death Penalty Information)
    According to TDCJ the state spent $3.3B total budget in 2010 divided by average daily population of 150,000 inmates = $22,000 per inmate.
    Avg life expectancy of a prisoner without parole is 59. Hernandez is 23. It would cost Texas, on average, $792,000 to incarcerate him for life as opposed to $3.2MM to execute him.

    New Jersey recently repealed its death penalty laws, not because of abolishionist movements, but for fiscal reasons. It was just too expensive to execute prisoners as opposed to giving them life sentances.

    The death penalty is not an effective deterrent. Texas executes more prisoners than any state in the Union and still has one of the highest murder rates.

    The extra money it costs to execute a prisoner must be diverted from legitamate crime fighting efforts, mental health treatment, rehabilitation, and meaningful victim’s services.

    It’s not only fiscally stupid, it’s amoral.

  89. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2013 5:07 PM

    @jetsblogger

    Don’t forget the 2000 election debacle as well.

  90. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2013 5:16 PM

    The average cost just to keep someone on death row is $90,000 a year and that doesn’t include the exhorbitant court costs that come with prosecuting a person all the way to execution. That’s just the extra expense of a super max prison and death row wing.

    The average wait in California from conviction to execution is 25 years.

    California has spent $4B on its death row since 1978 and only executed 13 people in that time frame for a total of…. wait for it…. $308mm per execution.

    And people wonder why California is going bankrupt….

  91. 8man says: Jul 25, 2013 5:25 PM

    When it’s all said and done, he’ll be guilty of murdering “associates”. Which means other felons. He has it coming and anyone he whacked probably had it coming too. Lie down with dogs….

    You can’t fix stupid. And stupid usually ends up dead or in jail.

  92. granadafan says: Jul 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    “beerbudsnbevo says: Jul 25, 2013 3:18 PM
    Anything to take your attention away from: Bengazi, Fast and Furious, poor economy, high unemployment, black on black crime, Middle East falling Apart…. And so on

    Execution is cheap in China. Rapist, child molesters and killers should all get to visit “old sparky”
    ===========================================

    Gotta love the conservatives with their ignorant far right wing blathering. Bengazi and Fast and Furious are small fry compared starting an illegal war based off lies costing TRILLIONS and thousands of American lives.

    As for China, they execute a lot of people, but they also get a lot wrong and a lot of innocents are executed. If even one innocent person is executed by the state, it’s not worth having the death penalty. Do some research on the subject instead of just parroting what you hear on the Glenn Beck show.

  93. audge86 says: Jul 25, 2013 5:47 PM

    is this media speculation or a leak?

    cause i’m starting to feel like this case isn’t as much of a slam dunk as it sounded a couple weeks ago. the prosecution is delaying things and searching desperately for evidence and relying on a drug addict with a sketchy story.

    i’m starting to think hernandez, while definitely involved, may not be the shooter here. and the prosecution wants to force him into a deal with delays(meaning lots of time in jail without a trial) and scare tactics

    i heard more info is being released from search warrant requests. hope it sheds more light

  94. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 25, 2013 6:18 PM

    granadafan says: Jul 25, 2013 5:41 PM

    If even one innocent person is executed by the state, it’s not worth having the death penalty.
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    Exactly!!!!!

  95. mackcarrington says: Jul 25, 2013 7:26 PM

    @ classyjacklambert: Torture would never fly because it would be considered “cruel and inhuman punishment”. Why do you think there was so much controversy over what happened in Guantanamo?

  96. classyjacklambert says: Jul 25, 2013 7:37 PM

    Oh I know it would probably never happen. But with the constitution being modified yearly now anyways… Nothing’s impossible.

  97. blueberrymuffin11 says: Jul 26, 2013 12:53 AM

    garyhd01 says:
    Jul 25, 2013 4:54 PM
    so the one guy is squealing (Ortiz) while the other is keeping his mouth shut (Wallace) does the feds possible involvement affect Wallace ? would a federal charge against him make him think twice about keeping his mouth shut? my opinion is hernandez wants to get off completely and whether its a death penalty or not his look is of a man that doesn’t care if hes executed if indeed he is found guilty!

    Agreed. Ever since the day of his arraignment, I’ve thought that his face and body language say, “Whatever. It was worth it.”

  98. bighurt228 says: Jul 27, 2013 10:27 PM

    Can we get this dude off our sports page now??? He’s gonna be long gone and its about time you let this go….he’s made his bed and let him lie in it……but I’m tired of seeing. Every move he makes in our sport pages!!

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