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Hernandez lawyer seeks permission to question tipster on juror misconduct

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The first Aaron Hernandez trial ended in a conviction. But that still may not be the end of it.

Via the Associated Press, lawyer James Sultan now knows the name of a tipster who claims that one of the jurors in the Odin Lloyd murder case participated in discussions about the other double murder case involving the former Patriots tight end.  If true, this means that the juror lied during jury selection in the case involving the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Sultan now wants to question the tipster, in order to learn more about whether the juror truly was lying during jury selection. Sultan also conceded that the tipster has had “extensive personal contact” with Hernandez.

“That contact is clearly relevant to this individual’s credibility,” Sultan said in a court filing. “Nevertheless, there is reason to believe that this individual likely possesses information relevant to whether a juror was exposed to prejudicial, extrinsic information.”

Judge E. Susan Garsh eventually will rule on whether the tipster may be interviewed, which could result in the juror being questions. Which, in theory, could result in the conviction being scrapped and a new trial being conducted.

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Aaron Hernandez prosecution racked up more than $462,000 in overtime and expenses

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When it comes to sports, taxpayer dollars pay for plenty of things. When it comes to former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, nearly a half of a million dollars in public money funded the prosecution that resulted in his conviction for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Via the Associated Press, prosecutors spent over $462,000 on overtime for state police ($360,462.30) and expenses for expert witnesses and travel ($101,834.64). That’s over and above the normal salaries paid to the many people who worked on the case — efforts that otherwise could have been devoted to other cases.

“It would be impossible to quantify man hours of prosecutors and staff,” Bristol County, Massachusetts district attorney spokesman Greg Miliote wrote in an email to the AP.

More money will be spent in connection with the appeal of Hernandez’s conviction, and even more will be spent by prosecutors in Boston in connection with the unrelated double murder charges against Hernandez arising from a drive-by shooting in July 2012.

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Hernandez judge allows juror misconduct investigation to proceed

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When a Judge E. Susan Garsh ruled declined earlier this week to throw out the guilty verdict against former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez in connection with the murder of Odin Lloyd, it didn’t end her work on the case. Still pending is the question of whether Judge Garsh will allow the attorneys to investigate whether a juror lied regarding knowledge of other allegations against Hernandez.

Via Jenny Wilson of the Hartford Courant, Judge Garsh has authorized Hernandez’s lawyers to subpoena Verizon for phone records that would reveal the identity of the person who provided an anonymous tip to defense lawyer James Sultan regarding the alleged juror misconduct.

The tipster told Sultan that the juror in question was present for discussions regarding the separate double-murder case pending against Hernandez, arising from an unrelated shooting in Boston nearly a year before Lloyd was killed. Evidence regarding the other case was barred from the trial regarding Lloyd’s murder.

Judge Garsh stopped short of allowing any additional efforts to investigate the situation.

“Whether the defendant can make a colorable showing sufficient to warrant a post-verdict interview of the juror may well depend on specific details yet to be proffered by the caller and the caller’s credibility, all of which cannot be determined as long as the caller remains anonymous,” Garsh said in the written ruling, via the Courant.

In English, this means that the investigation starts with finding out who made the tip to Sultan, and then learning more about the tipster’s story. Which probably is more than the tipster bargained for when calling Sultan from a blocked number.

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Alleged Hernandez accomplices moving closer to trial

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Despite the conviction of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the murder of Odin Lloyd, the process of pursuing justice for Lloyd isn’t complete. Two other man — Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace — still face charges for their own roles in the killing.

Via the Fall River (Mass.) Herald News, both men are due to appear in court on Friday for hearing in connection with their eventual trials.

Per the report, Wallace’s hearing will entail a review of the status of the case. For Ortiz, the focus will be excluding from evidence incriminating statements he made to police without an attorney present.

In April, Hernandez’s lawyer, James Sultan (pictured, holding picture of Wallace), told jurors during closing arguments that Hernandez didn’t kill Lloyd but instead witnessed his murder. Which means that Hernandez contends that either Wallace or Ortiz did it.

But Hernandez surely won’t be testifying in either trial, and neither will Wallace nor Ortiz. And there’s also still no murder weapon or obvious motive. But the circumstantial evidence was sufficiently overwhelming to result in a conviction of Hernandez — and it could be enough to result in a conviction of Ortiz or Wallace or both.

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Hernandez judge prevents contact with juror who allegedly lied during jury selection

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The lawyers for former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez claim that one of the jurors who convicted Hernandez for murdering Odin Lloyd lied during jury selection. The judge still presiding over the case declared that no one should try to contact the juror in question.

Via the Associated Press, the judge has prevented both sides from contacting the juror regarding the allegation that she had been present for a discussion about an unrelated double-murder charge pending against Hernandez. A tipster supposedly passed that information anonymously to Hernandez lawyer James Sultan.

It’s unclear whether a hearing will be held regarding the contention that the juror lied. If the allegation is true, a new trial could be ordered.

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Daniel Tosh wears Aaron Hernandez jersey at Boston show

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Comedian Daniel Tosh, Dolphins fans and host of Comedy Central’s Tosh.0, performed on Friday night in Boston. And unlike most out-of-town acts that pander to the locals by talking about how the city they’re presently in is the greatest city in the history of cities, Tosh trolled the paying customers.

Via Boston.com, Tosh wore an Aaron Hernandez jersey.

The gesture came only one day after the two-year anniversary of the murder of Odin Lloyd, for which Hernandez has been convicted.

The Patriots provided refunds for Hernandez jerseys following his arrest in 2013. Obviously, not all of them were returned to the team.

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Remembering Odin Lloyd, two years after he was killed by Aaron Hernandez

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Two years ago Wednesday, someone killed 27-year-old Odin Lloyd. Two months ago, a jury decided that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez committed the crime.

With attacks on the verdict pending — including a claim that a juror lied during jury selection regarding her lack of knowledge about other alleged murders committed by Hernandez — the mother of Odin Lloyd returned to the scene of the crime in an effort to set her son’s spirit free.

Via the North Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Ursula Ward gathered with family and friends to remember Lloyd and to send dozens of purple balloons into the sky.

Ward’s mother said that she wanted to “release [Odin’s] spirit from this God-forsaken place.”

“On the way in, I started thinking what was going through my baby’s mind when they brought him here?” Ward said. “What was going through my baby’s heart? Was he thinking I will never see my mother again? My baby did not deserve this.”

Lloyd was killed in the hours after the conclusion of Father’s Day. And he always said “Happy Father’s Day” to his mother on that day, because she played both roles in his life.

With the rap sheet against Hernandez constantly growing and another trial on the docket, it’s easy to forget about his victims. Odin Lloyd should still be alive today, and Hernandez rightfully will spend every day of the rest of his own life behind bars because Lloyd isn’t.

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Hernandez lawyer claims juror lied during jury selection

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With former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez now facing a date for the launch of his second murder trial, his lawyers are still trying to get his first murder conviction, for killing Odin Lloyd, thrown out.

Via the Associated Press, lawyer James Sultan claims he received a tip the day after the guilty verdict that one of the jurors may not have been truthful during jury selection.

The tipster allegedly told Sultan that she recognized the juror from the televised joint post-verdict interview of all jurors, and that the juror in question had been present for a discussion about the double-murder charge against Hernandez from a killing unrelated to the death of Lloyd. Evidence regarding the double murder, which occurred eleven months before Lloyd’s death, had been barred from the Lloyd murder trial.

Sultan told the court that, if the juror had admitted during jury selection to having knowledge about the separate murder charges against Hernandez, his lawyers would have asked the juror in question to be excused from the panel.

A so-called “stealth juror” who allegedly had formed an opinion regarding Hernandez’s innocence was dismissed during the trial, which shows that the court system takes seriously claims regarding jurors who conceal information during the selection process. With most Americans wired to avoid jury duty, those who hide facts that could get them easily and quickly excused from a multi-month trial become potentially dangerous to the fair administration of justice, because they enter the process with a specific desire to serve — and in turn a likely agenda.

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Second Hernandez murder trial starts December 1

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2015 began with an Aaron Hernandez murder trial. It’ll end with one, too.

Per multiple reports, a judge in Boston has set the double-murder case arising from a drive-by shooting in the South End of the city for December 1.

Hernandez is accused of shooting and killing Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado. The July 2012 case had resulted in no arrests until arrest Hernandez was charged with killing Odin Lloyd. In April, a jury found Hernandez guilty of killing Lloyd. A judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

While an additional sentence for Hernandez won’t matter, the families of the victims deserve justice. Also, if Hernandez manages to get the Lloyd verdict thrown out, a guilty verdict in the Furtado and de Abreu case would ensure that Hernandez will never be a free man again.

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Second Hernandez murder trial date could come Thursday

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In the aftermath of the conviction of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the murder of Odin Lloyd, it was expected that a date for the next murder trial of Aaron Hernandez would be picked within a matter of days. It wasn’t. It could be today.

According to the Associated Press, a hearing in the case arising from the July 2012 shooting deaths of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado happens Thursday. The judge could pick a day for the commencement of the trial then.

Originally, the double-murder case was due to go to trial in late May. Whenever it starts, the evidence against Hernandez in the second trial could be even stronger than the evidence in the Lloyd case. In connection with the killing of Lloyd, prosecutors had no murder weapon or eyewitnesses or motive. This case has all three — along with a claim that Hernandez later shot eyewitness Alexander Bradley in the face and left him for dead in order to quiet him.

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Hernandez claims juror was exposed to “extraneous matters”

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The attack on the conviction of former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez includes an argument focused on whether one of the jurors broke the rules regarding what could and couldn’t be considered in the case.

According to Ted Daniel of FOX25 in Boston, Hernandez’s lawyers have filed with the trial court a motion for “post verdict inquiry respecting a juror’s exposure to extraneous matters.”

In English, it means that Hernandez’s lawyers believe that one of the jurors became aware of evidence other than the evidence properly admitted by Judge E. Susan Garsh. With Hernandez accused of two other murders and of shooting one of the witnesses who testified against him in the face (Alexander Bradley), there were plenty of “extraneous matters” for the jurors to consider.

It also means that Hernandez’s lawyers want to be able to question one or more jurors about the situation.

Given that the jury wasn’t sequestered, it would have been easy for any of them to yield to the temptation during a long trial of exploring media reports regarding other allegations against Hernandez.

The specifics of the argument aren’t known, because Hernandez’s lawyers wanted the documents to be sealed and not available to the public.

It could be a Hail Mary pass aimed at fishing for proof that someone had Googled “Aaron Hernandez” and found a laundry list of the allegatons against him. It could be that the lawyers have been tipped off by one of the other jurors. At some point, more will be known about the argument. For now, it’s way too early to know whether the conviction of Hernandez for the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd is in jeopardy.

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Hernandez claims he’s running out of cash

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After nearly two years of legal maneuverings in multiple criminal cases and with no income, it’s no surprise that former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez is running out of cash.

One of his lawyers, John Fitzpatrick, made that argument to a Massachusetts judge on Thursday in connection with the efforts of the mother of Odin Lloyd, Ursula Ward, to find assets that can satisfy the wrongful death lawsuit filed previously against Hernandez.

Ward’s lawyer, Douglas Sheff, hopes to obtain more information about property owned by Hernandez. Already, his $1.3 million North Attleboro home can’t be sold. Also, a court order has blocked Hernandez from selling a 2005 Hummer.

The families of Safiro Furtado and Daniel de Abreu have also filed wrongful death claims against Hernandez, as has Alexander Bradley, who claims Hernandez shot Bradley in the face in February 2013.

Still pending is an effort by Hernandez to recover the remainder of his August 2012 signing bonus — $3.25 million from the Patriots. That money presumably will go to any victims who can prove by a preponderance of the evidence that Hernandez injured or killed them. With Hernandez also convicted via proof beyond a reasonable doubt of killing Lloyd, the civil action against Hernandez arising from Lloyd’s death is a slam dunk.

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Hernandez shows up in court with ironic new tattoo

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Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez returned to court on Thursday, for the first time since he was convicted last month for killing Odin Lloyd in June 2013. And when Hernandez returned to court, his collection of tattoos that previously crept below the cuffs of his dress shirt has now migrated above the collar.

The word “LIFETIME” can be seen on the right side of Hernandez’s neck, above the rest of a design that may have other words below it.

(You know, a word like “SENTENCE.”)

Hernandez pleaded not guilty on Thursday on charges of witness intimidation that arises from the allegation that he shot Alexander Bradley in the face and left him for dead in Florida several months after the drive-by shooting in Boston that left two men dead. Hernandez is awaiting trial in that double murder, with no date set yet.

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More trouble for Aaron Hernandez

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On Thursday, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandnez likely will receive a date for his next murder trial. On Tuesday, Hernandez may have added yet another item to his already length legal docket.

Via CNN, Hernandez allegedly agreed to serve as the lookout for another inmate who went into another prisoner’s cell for the purposes of fighting. The incident happened at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, where Hernandez is serving a life sentence without parole for the murder of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez was placed into a special management section as discipline for his conduct.

As Hernandez’s overall legal problems go, this one is like a ticket for jaywalking. Still, the news suggests that there will likely be more and more news involving Hernandez throughout the rest of his life. Sentence.

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Jaguars sign fifth-round pick Rashad Greene

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The Jaguars have reached a deal with one of Florida State’s standout offensive players of recent seasons.

Wide receiver Rashad Greene, the Jaguars’ fifth-round selection, has signed his contract with Jacksonville, the club said Monday.

Greene (5-11, 182) hauled in 99 passes for 1,365 yards and seven touchdowns in 2014 for the Seminoles. He’ll vie for playing time in a young Jaguars receiving corps. Greene is one of two wide receivers selected in the 2015 draft, with Monmouth’s Neal Sterling (Round Seven) the other pass catcher taken.

Alabama tailback T.J. Yeldon (Round Two) and South Carolina offensive guard A.J. Cann (Round Three) are the Jaguars’ lone unsigned draft picks.

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