Pouncey subpoena comes from state court, not federal court


On Sunday, authorities served Dolphins center Mike Pouncey with a subpoena to testify before a grand jury investigating potential weapons offenses involving former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Per a league source, the subpoena was issued by a state court, not a federal court.

The possibility that the subpoena came from federal court arose from the SI.com report that authorities are investigating Hernandez’s potential involvement in interstate gun trafficking.  The word “interstate” implies the application of federal laws.

The distinction is important, for Hernandez.  If the subpoena had come from a federal court, it would have meant that a federal grand jury had been convened.  Which would have meant that the federal grand jury could have been investigating an array of potential offenses, including the possible allegation that Hernandez murdered Odin Lloyd in June 2013 because he had knowledge regarding the possible allegation that Hernandez killed Safiro Furtado and Daniel Abreu in July 2012.

Which could have exposed Hernandez to a penalty not currently available under state law:  the death penalty.

It doesn’t mean that the feds aren’t investigating the case.  And it doesn’t mean that Hernandez won’t be prosecuted for federal offenses.  It only means that Pouncey has been ordered to appear, for now, before a Massachusetts grand jury exploring possible violations of Massachusetts law.

3 responses to “Pouncey subpoena comes from state court, not federal court

  1. I never really put much thought into the extent of the “friendship” between Hernandez and the Pouncey’s. I know they were team mates at Florida, and he was a room mate with one of them, but once they all went their separate ways (NE, Miami, Pitt) I figured they drifted into that aquaintence relationship, rather than friends. But then the “Free Hernandez” hats came out, and now this. I think it is plausible that both of the Pouncey’s could either be in trouble with the law because of this, or they could be forced to protect themselves and go on the record against Hernandez. Either way, it is not an enviable spot to be in… In some ways it would be pretty funny if the hats were the reason the cops started looking into the Pouncey brother’s relationship with Hernandez. I am also very curious what kind of communications they have between them. So much of the Lloyd murder investigation is based on cell phone communications and things like that, who knows how many texts could have been sent back and forth over the years about this gun stuff. It is crazy that, had Lloyd not been murdered, none of this would have come to light. There are how many people being investigated for various crimes that all branch off that one action?

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