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Belichick received subpoena for Hernandez trial, didn’t show

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An odd wrinkle emerged last week as the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial moved toward closing arguments. Hernandez’s lawyer, Jose Baez, told the presiding judge that coach Bill Belichick had been subpoenaed to testify, but that he wasn’t in court to testify.

And that was that. The process didn’t stop while Belichick was tracked down and brought to court, and there was no indication that the judge was miffed — even though judges typically get that way when people fail to abide by directives to show up in court.

As Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports explains it, the issue came up on Thursday because Belichick’s lawyer called the court Wednesday to determine if there would be any “consequences” arising from Belichick’s failure to appear. Baez explained that, due to difficulties in getting to Belichick because of the community where he lives, Belichick had less than 24 hours notice to appear. So Baez said he “made a strategic decision to release [Belichick] from service.”

It may have been different if Belichick were regarded as a key witness.

“It was toward the end of the trial, I believe it was the last day, we didn’t think his testimony was critical to the defense so we released him,” Baez said.

The jury continues to deliberate whether Hernandez killed Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu in a July 2012 drive-by shooting. The jurors will return to court on Friday for a half-day of deliberations.

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31 Responses to “Belichick received subpoena for Hernandez trial, didn’t show”
  1. joe0523 says: Apr 13, 2017 10:55 PM

    Bill is above laws that govern the NFL so why should he have to follow laws made by our criminal courts!

  2. streetyson says: Apr 13, 2017 11:01 PM

    So Baez previously claimed BB was simply a no show for the subpoena and had no idea why – inferring BB was in breach of court – and now says BB’s lawyer asked if BB could be excused because of short notice and Baez said OK. I’m no legal expert but I think that means BB wasn’t in breach and wasn’t simply a “no show” and that Baez knew why after all.

  3. chargers308 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:05 PM

    Just do your job!! We’re moving on to Cincinnati

  4. wib22 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:10 PM

    Another thing he cheated out of. Good lord.

  5. TheCakeIsALie says: Apr 13, 2017 11:24 PM

    Bill is above laws that govern the NFL so why should he have to follow laws made by our criminal courts!
    ———–

    Bill is above period. An eternal god in my eyes.

  6. truecowboyfan says: Apr 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    That’s because he knew something was up and never said anything. He has the police and the town under his thumb (think Joe Paterno). He probably thought, even if he’s up to no good, he won’t get caught in this town. And Hernandez almost did get away with it.

  7. polksaladandy says: Apr 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    Judge,jury and executioner. God bless the greatest mind in football history.

  8. 315judman says: Apr 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    Lock him up!

  9. nhpats says: Apr 13, 2017 11:28 PM

    Baez “Mr Belichik, did Aaron Hernandez play on the NE Patriots while you were coaching”?

    BB: “yes”

    Baez: “How would you characterize Mr Hernandez”

    BB: “He was a great blocker with decent hands…”

    Baez: “Do you have anything more to add?”

    BB: “we are on to #6”

  10. reptar310 says: Apr 13, 2017 11:34 PM

    Belichick once again “misinterpreted the rules.”

  11. whispersd says: Apr 13, 2017 11:35 PM

    Sounds like the process server didn’t do a very good job. Does Belichick live in a gated community? What’s the difficulty? Was he off boating on VII Rings?

  12. 400marios says: Apr 13, 2017 11:37 PM

    “We’re moving on to Hernandez’ next murder trial.”

  13. seanx40 says: Apr 14, 2017 12:13 AM

    Only 24 hrs notice for a felony trial witness? Something about this seems odd. Which side requested him as a witness? Usually, the side requesting a witness, takes time to go over their testimony well in advance. 24 hrs just seems fishy.

  14. smartcollegefootball says: Apr 14, 2017 12:23 AM

    The Patriot Way

  15. I Must Break You says: Apr 14, 2017 12:58 AM

    Belichick was not served promptly/properly so he did nothing wrong. Misleading.

  16. ryansbachelorparty says: Apr 14, 2017 1:04 AM

    Realistically, I don’t envy the process server that had to serve that subpoena. Probably pretty hard to get to Bill.

  17. mzew233 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:01 AM

    Seriously curious what he would have been questioned on? I mean he wouldn’t have his location. Maybe just about his character

  18. weepingjebus says: Apr 14, 2017 6:56 AM

    It was probably one of those one page form subpoenas that the defense filled out and mailed to him. Judge never even saw it, and it sounds like the defense lawyer didn’t serve it properly anyway. Belichick’s cyborg velociraptor attorney would have had a field day with this if they had tried to enforce it. Good fake news though, 3.5/5 stars. Would rumor monger with again.

  19. whatjusthapped says: Apr 14, 2017 7:45 AM

    He never followed the rules of the NFL, what makes anyone think he would treat the court system any different?

  20. abninf says: Apr 14, 2017 7:56 AM

    polksaladandy says:

    God bless the greatest mind in football history.
    ====================================

    That would be Tom Landry. An actual innovator. The shotgun, the 4-3, he created the middle linebacker, multiple offensive system, computer ratings of college prospects, he was his own offense and defense coordinator.

    Belichick is just a good coach, he hasn’t invented anything new.

  21. pkrlvr says: Apr 14, 2017 9:06 AM

    Baez is just happy to be paid in cash unlike how he was paid by Casey Anthony way back when…..

  22. popover7 says: Apr 14, 2017 9:49 AM

    That would be Tom Landry. An actual innovator.
    ======================

    I agree Landry was an amazing innovator and probably the best coach of the 20th century. Doesn’t mean that Belichick isn’t the best coach of the 21st century. Landry loses a few points on the greatness scale for having a decade of non-relavant teams to finish off his career as well.

  23. TheDPR says: Apr 14, 2017 9:55 AM

    “Baez is just happy to be paid in cash unlike how he was paid by Casey Anthony way back when…..”

    We really don’t know how Hernandez is paying him, do we? He’s pretty broke by now, too. It could be the same arrangement as Casey.

  24. ibillwt says: Apr 14, 2017 10:48 AM

    Belichick’s time is too valuable for this baloney.

    Convict him, aquit him, whatever with the evidence you have, he’s doing life anyway and won’t get back on the field. Move on just like with a career ending injury. He’s dead to us.

    I want our great coach enjoying a little down time with his squeeze, family and friends before going full focus on putting the 2017 squad together for another run.

  25. thingamajig says: Apr 14, 2017 12:02 PM

    Baez obviously is a Colt’s fan.

  26. maust1013 says: Apr 14, 2017 1:16 PM

    joe0523 says:
    Apr 13, 2017 10:55 PM
    Bill is above laws that govern the NFL so why should he have to follow laws made by our criminal courts!
    =====================

    Other than the need to troll overwhelming your senses, what part of “Baez said he “made a strategic decision to release [Belichick] from service.” was so hard to understand?

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Apr 14, 2017 2:43 PM

    Lolz at the trolls.

    Reading comprehension. Get some.

    It says clearly Belichick’s attorney called and asked to have him excused because the subpoena was delivered so late in the process. He was released from testifying.

    He did nothing wrong. He broke no rules. As usual the cacophony of fools is screaming that he did so when that was not the case at all.

  28. laserw says: Apr 14, 2017 3:27 PM

    Coach Belli-cheat should be in jail right now for contempt of court – he may be able to give the middle finger to the NFL, but he can’t cheat the legal system.

    Throw that jerk in jail!

  29. rcali says: Apr 14, 2017 3:36 PM

    Silly lawyer, doesn’t he know the rules don’t apply to the Belichick or the Clinton Mafia?

  30. factpurveyor says: Apr 14, 2017 3:48 PM

    laserw says:
    Apr 14, 2017 3:27 PM

    Coach Belli-cheat should be in jail right now for contempt of court – he may be able to give the middle finger to the NFL, but he can’t cheat the legal system.
    Throw that jerk in jail!

    —————————————————————
    Coach Belli-champ to you!

    So people should be deprived of their freedom to make up for your lack of reading comprehension?

    The only jerk is the person who made the decision to punish a team because of what cold weather does to footballs. Any word on when the press release containing the PSI information from the 2015 season will be released?

  31. stucats says: Apr 14, 2017 7:48 PM

    send the weasel to Beli-Jail

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