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.