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Baez turns attention to overturning Hernandez’s murder conviction

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Buoyed by securing an acquittal in the double-murder trial against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, lawyer Jose Baez will now turn his attention to pursuing a successful appeal of the 2015 conviction for the shooting death of Odin Lloyd.

If, that is, Hernandez can afford it.

There’s no finality in the other case yet,” Baez told TMZ after Friday’s verdict. “He still has many appeals, which we’re going to start taking a look at. In that case, I always felt that that was a winnable case. Unfortunately, Aaron didn’t call me then. He went with his agent’s recommendation, and here we are today. But I always thought the first was case was a winnable case.

“Aaron’s not a killer. What’s interesting is that he hung around a lot of bad people, and if he’s guilty of anything it’s guilty of not forgetting where he came from, and hanging around the wrong group of people.”

Baez expressed optimism that Hernandez eventually will be released from prison.

“I think that if we look back at some of the things that are available to appeal in that case,” Baez said, “I think there’s a strong likelihood” that he’ll get a new trial in the Odin Lloyd case. “And if [Hernandez] hires me for the second trial, we’re gonna go all at it. Nothing would make me happier than to prove everybody wrong.”

Of course, to get the benefit of Baez’s skills, Hernandez will need to pay for Baez. The lawyer said that, even though Hernandez has “very little” money left, he has “friends and supporters” who “hopefully . . . will come forward” to assist him financially.

Before anyone argues that Baez should handle the other case for free, that’s how the guy makes a living. And he obviously does it well, securing acquittals for Casey Anthony in 2011 and now for Hernandez. To invest hundred if not thousands of hours into representing Hernandez for free, Baez would be foregoing other potential employment — employment that will now justify an even higher fee given his proven ability to win cases that may have seemed unwinnable.

Of course, if Baez were to undo the existing Hernandez conviction and win an acquittal in a re-trial of the case, he’d likely be able to name his price when representing anyone else who has the resources to pay for a guy who keeps pulling the reasonable doubt rabbit out of his hat, or out of some other orifice.

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61 Responses to “Baez turns attention to overturning Hernandez’s murder conviction”
  1. matterson20 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:36 AM

    Baez: A scumbag’s scumbag.

  2. billfchew says: Apr 15, 2017 5:37 AM

    Before i jump on this guy, I start to think what I would do if I was charged with such a heinous crime- I’d want an attorney like this, or you, Mike.

  3. mzew233 says: Apr 15, 2017 5:57 AM

    Can you even imagine what would happen if his first one was overturned and he was released?

    A-Hdez “Made in America” would be the highest rated documentary of all time. Would get NFL type ratings.

    I thought Hernandez first lawyer was just absolute trash if you watch the court videos.

  4. steveno9784 says: Apr 15, 2017 6:02 AM

    I doubt anyone is going to argue that Baez should take the case for free

  5. jimnaizeeum says: Apr 15, 2017 6:05 AM

    Lawyers that represent people that they know are guilty of horrible crimes are scum.

  6. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Apr 15, 2017 7:24 AM

    Yay! We’re just one step away from allowing human garbage back on the street.

  7. lostsok says: Apr 15, 2017 7:34 AM

    Everyone in America deserves representation before the law. There is very little more sacred than that right. The real problem is that rich equals better when it comes to justice.

  8. ctiggs says: Apr 15, 2017 7:42 AM

    Jose Baez is the Goat of lawyers

  9. dawoger says: Apr 15, 2017 7:50 AM

    If there’s the slimmest of chance to sign Hernandez if he’s released, the Wilfs will pay for his defense. It’s the old “birds of a feather” syndrome in the land of the lavender Lokis.

  10. jbarr1 says: Apr 15, 2017 7:52 AM

    If you watch “making of a murderer”, see what horrible representation can do as well

  11. kenberthiaume says: Apr 15, 2017 8:05 AM

    That would be awesome if he’s freed. OJ is getting out soon too.

  12. jazzawakens says: Apr 15, 2017 8:15 AM

    Hes done in football, Baez cant change that. But really, its clear what we got here really and putting this guy back on the street is taking a pretty good chance of getting more people killed. He needs to stay locked away, its not even a football matter.

  13. mickmars says: Apr 15, 2017 8:17 AM

    There’s gotta be a special section of hell reserved exclusively for lawyers and politicians.

  14. steeldominance says: Apr 15, 2017 8:33 AM

    He will probably be lining up for the Patriots in 2018. Patriot Way.

  15. bencoates57 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:37 AM

    Prepare for a return to the NFL. Patriots probably still own his rights. Hear that, Bengals, Ravens, and Seahawks?

  16. firedog784 says: Apr 15, 2017 8:48 AM

    If he should somehow get Hernandez off a second time do the Pats still own his rights to play again?

  17. jvillenole says: Apr 15, 2017 8:49 AM

    Further proof that if you are wealthy, you can be above the law.

  18. intrafinesse says: Apr 15, 2017 9:00 AM

    Lets take the flip side – a number of years ago members of the Duke Lacross team were charged with rape. Turns out the woman made it up, and the DA covered up shoddy evidence and ended up getting disbarred. If you were falsely accused in a high profile case, wouldn’t you want the best lawyer there is?

    In Texas where they use no knock warants and bust open your front door, there are people on death row because they shot at an intruder who turned out to be a cop. The cops didnt announce themselves and wait 15-20 seconds before breaking down the door. In some cases these defendents can hire good lawyers and get acquitted, in other cases they can’t afford good lawyers and end up on death row,

    I dislike scumbag lawyers, and scumbag police and DAs. They are all bad.

  19. joetorontoeatsdic says: Apr 15, 2017 9:18 AM

    We know what happens if he wins an appeal and is released. Belicheck will sign him the day after. He will catch 50+ passes and dominate once again. Everything is forgotten in Bawston. Kiss the rings

  20. nyneal says: Apr 15, 2017 9:30 AM

    jimnaizeeum says:
    Apr 15, 2017 6:05 AM
    Lawyers that represent people that they know are guilty of horrible crimes are scum.

    _______________________________________

    Our laws state we are innocent until proven guilty and we are allowed to have representation. Defense attorneys do what they are paid to do.
    That said, the methods they will go to to get their client acquitted are often reprehensible. Especially in rape cases. What women go through when they accuse someone of rape is just awful. Defense attorneys often attack the character and virtue of the victim.
    One of the most astounding trial cases in history was when the Commander of the heavy cruiser Indianapolis (Charles McVay) was court-martialed by the Navy for dereliction of duty after the vessel was sunk by a Japanese submarine. The Indianapolis was on a top secret mission having delivered uranium and other parts to Tinian Island for the atomic bomb which was dropped on Hiroshima.
    Shamefully, the Navy brought the Japanese Commander (Hashimoto) of the sub which had sunk the Indianapolis to the trial to testify that Commander McVay had failed to use a zig-zag pattern of sailing and that’s what enabled the Jap sub to sink the vessel.
    It just shows how ruthless prosecutors can be, too.
    If you didn’t know, Commander McVay committed suicide in 1968.
    And believe it or not, a 12 year old boy who was doing a research project for school is the one who was instrumental in eventually clearing McVay’s name. He interviewed nearly 150 survivors of the sinking and gathered 800 documents to prove that McVay was innocent. He was allowed to testify before Congress and finally, in July of 2001, McVay was officially cleared of all charges against him. Too bad it was way too late for McVay.

  21. teddybear9 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:41 AM

    Wow. Talk about zig-zagging off course!

  22. julyeast says: Apr 15, 2017 10:00 AM

    AH = very fitting initials for that criminal

  23. FlaJoe says: Apr 15, 2017 10:07 AM

    Hernandez’s girlfriend will pay Beaz the way Casey Anthony did!

  24. hess97 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:14 AM

    You don’t have to be rich to afford Baez’ sexual payment plan.

  25. elyasm says: Apr 15, 2017 10:19 AM

    For the record, the Patriots released Aaron Hernandez shortly after he was arrested. Therefore, he would be a free agent, but it is doubtful any team would be willing to sign him, even if he was acquitted of all charges.

  26. deacon85 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:33 AM

    Let’s slow down a bit on the notion that Hernandez will be going free soon. It is a hundred times more difficult to overturn a jury conviction of murder, than it is to win a murder trial. Jose Baez maybe a great trial lawyer, but what Hernandez needs now is a great appellate lawyer.

  27. patriots123456 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:49 AM

    Hernandez was found guilty of a gun violation.

    He was sentenced to 5 to 6 years to be served after his first murder conviction sentence is served.

    So even if his first case is re-tried and he wins, he still has to serve the time for the gun conviction…

  28. bernieknowsfootball says: Apr 15, 2017 10:50 AM

    He hopes his friends and supporters will financially back him !!! YEAH RIGHT !!! Haaaaaa

  29. johnodocks says: Apr 15, 2017 10:51 AM

    Baez’s MO: 1) Hire an effective jury consultant. 2) Throw out an outlandish counter-claim to the gullible jurors that you won’t have to prove.

  30. peytonwantsaflag says: Apr 15, 2017 11:00 AM

    Don’t really think anyone would say he should work for free, I think a lot of people though are questioning whether he should work for him at all.

  31. jim560 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:02 AM

    firedog784 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 8:48 AM
    If he should somehow get Hernandez off a second time do the Pats still own his rights to play again?

    ===

    The Pats released him a day or two after the story broke. Hernandez is a FA but even the Raiders wouldn’t touch him.

  32. xenova1 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:21 AM

    Baez takes on high profile cases from people who can’t pay for the publicity and enjoys the challenge. He is scum but I wouldn’t hesitate hiring him if I was in a similar situation.

  33. wib22 says: Apr 15, 2017 11:21 AM

    belicheat will sign him!

  34. thirdand43 says: Apr 15, 2017 12:11 PM

    This is the Pouncey Brothers chance to put their money where their mouth is.

  35. defscottyb says: Apr 15, 2017 12:25 PM

    OJ was acquitted too… they’re both Guilty.

  36. weepingjebus says: Apr 15, 2017 12:37 PM

    Hernandez is guilty as sin. I’m glad the Patriots dumped his stupid gangbanger rear the second he got arrested. We don’t need him and never will. Now the Jets of course would take him back in a heartbeat.

  37. granadafan says: Apr 15, 2017 12:46 PM

    Florida jurors: the most gullible people in America.

  38. nfliferfan22 says: Apr 15, 2017 2:26 PM

    The same guy who got a baby killer out of prison.. This man deserves to rot in prison with Hernandez

  39. maestro1899 says: Apr 15, 2017 2:29 PM

    Before anyone argues that Baez should handle the other case for free, that’s how the guy makes a living.

    – – – – – –

    Give us readers a little credit here… Who in their right mind would think Baez should work for free? I think we all know he is a hired gun. Most of us reading this could never afford him, even if we mortgaged everything we owned.

    Before anyone argues that Baez should handle the other case for free, that’s how the guy makes a living.

    – – – – – –

    Give us readers a little credit here… Who in their right mind would think Baez should work for free? I think we all know he is a hired gun. Most of us reading this could never afford him, even if we mortgaged everything we owned.

  40. motleytrap says: Apr 15, 2017 2:40 PM

    @ Kenburthamie

    OJ’s prison sentence runs though 2040. Just because he’s eligible for parole doesn’t mean he gets it.

    Seeing on how you’re so excited about killers being let loose, Rae Carruth gets out next year. Maybe he can room with you.

  41. TheCommish says: Apr 15, 2017 2:52 PM

    Lol. Good luck with that.

  42. goodellmustgoblog says: Apr 15, 2017 2:55 PM

    Aaron is a killer. A serial killer. Jury got it wrong.

  43. thermanmerman99 says: Apr 15, 2017 3:30 PM

    Why are people acting like this wannabe is from the hood. There is absolutely nothing ghetto or Hood about weak ESPN Bristol or weak connecticut the land of rich kids in general so why is this scumbag lawyer saying he didn’t forget where he came from? He came from the land of mansions and multi millionaires ohhhhhh such a tough environment what a joke

  44. jm91rs says: Apr 15, 2017 3:38 PM

    Anyone else think the Pouncey twins will fund his defense?

  45. markdavisbarber says: Apr 15, 2017 4:09 PM

    jim560 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:02 AM
    firedog784 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 8:48 AM
    If he should somehow get Hernandez off a second time do the Pats still own his rights to play again?

    ===

    The Pats released him a day or two after the story broke. Hernandez is a FA but even the Raiders wouldn’t touch him.

    ======

    The Raiders are the only NFL team with no arrests in the last 3 years.

  46. jbarr1 says: Apr 15, 2017 6:18 PM

    Wrong on the Raiders! All Done Smith don’t count?

  47. finsguy says: Apr 15, 2017 6:22 PM

    Everybody wants Atticus Finch, until there’s a dead hooker in the hot tub, then you want this guy.

  48. markdavisbarber says: Apr 15, 2017 6:34 PM

    Aldon Smith was never arrested as a Raider.

  49. markdavisbarber says: Apr 15, 2017 6:42 PM

    Aldon was questioned in a domestic violence case and was allowed to return to the residence with the woman…which if he was the aggressor, would never happen. Then the traffic accident where he was the passenger in the car that hit an unmarked cruiser. Once again, he was questioned only.

  50. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 7:51 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:21 AM
    belicheat will sign him!

    ————————————————————-

    Wrong again!

    When it was first reported what the charges were, the Patriots set a speed record for releasing a player.

    Then the Patriots organization voluntarily bought back merchandise from fans with is his name on it.

    No team will ever sign him if he should be released. Even the pathetic team that you root for.

    And that’s Belichamp to you!

  51. vancouversportsbro says: Apr 15, 2017 8:55 PM

    Baez is a terrible human being. From Casey Anthony to the guy who had his lady friend go missing in Aruba. Don’t be surprised if he’s representing Brady or Belichick for a scandal in a few years.

  52. badmoonrison says: Apr 15, 2017 8:58 PM

    Same lawyer that got Casey Anothony off and then let her pay for it in sexual favors. True story.

  53. kptb12 says: Apr 15, 2017 9:43 PM

    I told somebody at work that I watched the entire Casey Anthony trial on maternity leave. The entire trial I said she’s done, until I watched Baez closing argument. He was masterful and he got a baby killer of with that closing argument. I didn’t watch this trial, kept up on it through the news. Alexander Bradley was the star witness for the state. Bad move. He’s a proven liar and druggie. I believe Aaron killed those 2 victims without a doubt. Baez is one hell of a defense attorney. He’s gotten 2 killers off. He won’t win an appeal. There was less evidence in the Lloyd case. My prayers go out to the families. They deserve justice!

  54. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 9:48 PM

    vancouversportsbro says:
    Apr 15, 2017 8:55 PM

    Don’t be surprised if he’s representing Brady or Belichick for a scandal in a few years.

    ————————————————–

    More evidence of patriot detractor stupidity.

    Stupidgate – where countless individuals were so stupid that they lacked a basic understanding of 7th grade science that they were easily duped into believing that footballs don’t drop PSI when taken outside on cold days.

    Despite videos being posted online showing footballs dropping PSI when placed in refrigerators, countless nimrods still subscribe to Roger Goodell science denying belief claiming that someone let air out of footballs.

    One video can be found on the popular online video site. Just search for “DEFLATE GATE & WHY SCIENCE SAYS THE PATRIOTS DID NOT TAMPER WITH FOOTBALLS”

  55. factpurveyor says: Apr 15, 2017 9:57 PM

    wib22 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 11:21 AM

    belicheat will sign him!
    ———————————-

    only if you believe wibdumb!

  56. bradygirl12 says: Apr 15, 2017 10:25 PM

    Baez sure has a lot of blood on his hands. He makes a living putting killers back out into society,most likely to do it again. He places no value on a human life…not even Casey Anthony’s baby. The victims and their families mean nothing to him. It’s whether or not the case is “winnable” that’s important. Hernandez is a cold-blooded killer.

  57. rootpain says: Apr 16, 2017 12:24 AM

    Baez didn’t win this case. The jury forewoman made it clear their decision was not that Hernandez was innocent but because the evidence was not sufficient to convict him according to the law as they understood it.
    The jury also made no comment about buying into Baez’ claim that Bradley was the killer and that Hernandez was in a different club at the time of the murder. The prosecution had a lousy witness.

    But that’s a fallacy of our system. Found not guilty is not the same as being found innocent. Nobody is saying the jury is sufficiently well familiar with the law that they made the right decision. The judge may have screwed up in his instructions to the jury. The jury may have misunderstood them.

    Jose doesn’t deserve another big payout. He didn’t do anything special as far as I am concerned.

    I’m not God so I have no idea where Baez will go. But I do know that he brags on his web site that he got a not-guilty decision for a murderer not because he was innocent but because of an error in procedure by the prosecution. I sure hope there is a space set aside in hell for the likes of him.

  58. magikskillz says: Apr 16, 2017 12:37 AM

    All Baez cares about is money. Now I know as a Lawyer you have to be objective to a certain extent. You have to be able to represent your client properly even when you know he is guilty. However, with that being said it truly is appalling that this man would do anything for the money. Hernandez, Anthony, and Simpson are all guilty. Yes the prosecution could have done a better job. But still it is truly aggravating when people, who everyone knows is guilty, do not face justice. (I know Baez is just doing his job, but part of me wishes he had a conscience and would turn down these case opportunities.)

  59. veloman75 says: Apr 16, 2017 12:49 AM

    Two totally different cases. There is way more evidence against Hernandez in the Odin Lloyd murder. He isn’t going anywhere.

  60. itsfootballfolks says: Apr 16, 2017 2:12 AM

    patriots123456 says:
    Apr 15, 2017 10:49 AM
    Hernandez was found guilty of a gun violation.

    He was sentenced to 5 to 6 years to be served after his first murder conviction sentence is served.

    So even if his first case is re-tried and he wins, he still has to serve the time for the gun conviction…

    ———————-

    Bear in mind this is taking place in Massachusetts. Not long ago a male doctor convicted of murdering his wife actually got two courts to agree that Massachusetts taxpayers should pay for his sex change operation while he is in prison. Sounds crazy doesn’t it?

    Fortunately, another court reversed that decision, so for the time being anyway we’re off the hook for paying for sex reassignment surgery for a wife murder.

    The point is, some ultra liberal Massachusetts judge could decide Hernandez doesn’t need to serve the whole sentence for the gun charge for some whacky reason. Nothing surprises anymore in the Mass Judicial system.

  61. cantonbound13 says: Apr 16, 2017 6:14 AM

    Baez will rot in hell one day

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