Prosecutors argue tossing Aaron Hernandez conviction would reward suicide

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Following the death of Aaron Hernandez via suicide two weeks ago, his attorneys are trying to get his previous conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd overturned on a legal technicality.

According to Denise Lavoie of the Associated Press, prosecutors in the case are arguing that allowing such a ruling to vacate Hernandez’s conviction would serve as a reward for Hernandez’s “conscious, deliberate and voluntary” choice to end his life.

Hernandez’s conviction in Lloyd’s murder was under appeal when he was found dead in his jail cell two weeks ago. The legal principle in question in Massachusetts states that if a defendant dies while an appeal is being decided, the conviction is thrown out altogether. Prosecutors made the argument that the principle shouldn’t necessarily be binding when the death is premeditated and voluntary.

They also argued that such a ruling would ignore the “negligible probability for success” of Hernandez’s appeal.

However, Hernandez’s attorneys will be able to cite precedent where similar such circumstances led to a conviction being thrown out posthumously.

10 responses to “Prosecutors argue tossing Aaron Hernandez conviction would reward suicide

  1. One has to wonder whether the attempt to get the conviction thrown out is not linked to a hidden attempt to not forfeit money from the Patriots?

  2. While I think it’s morally wrong to over turn the conviction I have to laugh at the prosecution’s argument. If the shoe were on the other foot and a prosecutor were going after someone but the only way they could convict that person was based on a technicality that the law never intended them to use for a conviction they would do it without blinking and tell everyone to get the law changed if they didn’t like it.

  3. Precedent aside. There is an innocent little girl to consider. Do the right thing Mr. Kraft. Put the disputed signing bonus into a trust fund for her and give her the future that she deserves. Structure the trust fund in a way so that the mother can’t lay her hands on one red cent. Surely given the vast legal resources available to the Patriot’s organization this would seem easily doable and quite affordable from a money perspective. No?

  4. The only noncooperation has been Roger “Boo Magnet” Goodell hiding the league wide psi data. Similarly, I’d like to see those three notes Hernandez left. If one of them is a confession this whole thing is even more moot.

  5. “Similar to Brady not cooperating and destroying his phone.”

    Pats haters reduced to telling lies as their last resort.

    Ted Wells made it clear Brady was very cooperative, was interviewed by him under oath, and only got rid of his cell phone after Wells told him he no longer had any need for it.

    But you knew all that already.

  6. It’s a stupid law but one that can be understood. It’s also dependent on what the law says. If it’s silent on the manner of death, then it doesn’t matter if he offs himself or dies of a heart attack because of all the crappy foods he’s eaten over his life. It seems obvious the manner is silent because the prosecution isn’t claiming a specific provision of the law. So, it should be applied.
    Let’s face it, nobody in prison thinks they’re guilty, everybody is innocent despite the evidence for conviction. That’s why there are appeals, and if the appeals stop due to a death, then the Mass law is applicable. The prosecution is trying to rewrite the law or apply something that’s not existent. I can see the court say ‘if that was the case, then the legislature would have noted it specifically’.

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