Aaron Hernandez’s gun tattoos can be used against him

Reuters

Already convicted of one murder occurring in June 2013, former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez faces charges of a double murder arising from a drive-by shooting in July 2012. And while the Constitution prevents Hernandez from being required to testify against himself, his body can and will be used against him.

Via Reuters, a judge has ruled that certain tattoos will be admissible at the trial arising from the killing of Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

One tattoo shows a revolver with one empty chamber along with the words “God Forgives” written in reverse. A revolver holds six bullets; Hernandez allegedly fired five shots when killing de Abreu and Furtado.

The other tattoo consists of a semiautomatic pistol along with an empty shell casing. He has been accused of shooting Alexander Bradley, a former friend, in the face and leaving him to die.

There’s a difference between the admissibility of evidence and the weight it will be given. But by making the evidence of the tattoos admissible, Hernandez could be compelled as a practical matter to take the witness stand and explain the meaning and purpose of the tattoos. The problem with that, however, is that once he’s on the stand and subject to cross-examination, he’ll face an onslaught of tough questions from a prosecutor who could be able to poke gaping holes in the factual theory presented by Hernandez’s lawyers.

That’s why most criminal defendants don’t take the stand in their own defense. In this case, Hernandez may have boxed himself in based on tattoos possibly aimed at assuaging a guilty conscience in a very bizarre fashion.

43 responses to “Aaron Hernandez’s gun tattoos can be used against him

  1. it doesn’t really matter at this point, he will die in prison regardless if these charges stick or not

  2. A few years back my girlfriend told me her ex-boyfriend from back in New York had hung out with Hernandez briefly at a club in NYC. He said he was a really cool guy. In retrospect, he’s pretty lucky…you know how it goes: chance encounter with some famous athlete, rubbing shoulders with the big men on campus, maybe a little nervous, overexcited, maybe showing out a little bit…next thing you know you’re talking with your hands and you knock his beer all over him. You sheepishly apologize, excuse yourself, head for home, then next thing you know you’re getting a whole clip thrown at you at a red light.

  3. I never credited this man with an overabundance of brain cells but wow, those tattoos paint a fairly obvious and compelling picture. It’s not like you were getting out of jail any time soon as it was, but jeez: that’s another level of stupid.

  4. It continues to go unreported that he receives dozens of weekly visits and tons of fan mail from Patriot fans who think he got a raw deal.

  5. Why do you think the tattoos were to assuage a guilty conscience? He’s not displayed much of a conscience at all since his arrest.

    I saw them as a brag. A dumb as all h-ll brag, but a brag none the less. And where’s his jailhouse tattoo commemorating Odin Lloyd’s murder.

  6. “One tattoo shows a revolver with one empty chamber along with the words “God Forgives” written in reverse. A revolver holds six bullets; Hernandez allegedly fired five shots when killing de Abreu and Furtado.”

    What does a revolver with one empty chamber have to do with firing five shots?

  7. Bob Kraft loved those tats he was with dillinger getting the name of his 20 something bimbo tatooed on his fanny. Did anyone else know that prison riot in massachusetts was started and won by hernandez’s posse ? They had filmed the rival gangs walk through.

  8. If you are innocent, you scream it for as long and loud as your voice can hold up.
    If you are guilty, you sit at the defense table with your mouth shut as some hack defense attorney spews a fairy tale that he/she has made up hoping beyond hope that the jury will buy the bull.

  9. “One tattoo shows a revolver with one empty chamber along with the words “God Forgives” written in reverse. A revolver holds six bullets; Hernandez allegedly fired five shots when killing de Abreu and Furtado.”

    Doesn’t matter what I think or feel about him but using the tattoo as evidence is stupid. The way they are trying to tie it together doesn’t even make sense. The tat shows 5 unfired bullets and 1 empty chamber but they say he shot it 5 times…not just one.

  10. The Truth says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:51 PM

    Bob Kraft loved those tats he was with dillinger getting the name of his 20 something bimbo tatooed on his fanny. Did anyone else know that prison riot in massachusetts was started and won by hernandez’s posse ? They had filmed the rival gangs walk through.

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    I shot snot on my monitor with the walk through comment.

  11. This is why I have several tats of me handing big bribes to cops and judges. For, you know, good luck.

  12. Ferdinand says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:45 PM

    Why do you think the tattoos were to assuage a guilty conscience? He’s not displayed much of a conscience at all since his arrest.

    I saw them as a brag. A dumb as all h-ll brag, but a brag none the less. And where’s his jailhouse tattoo commemorating Odin Lloyd’s murder.
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    He didn’t have time to get fresh ink. He was arrested not too long after the murder. I’m also guessing his attorney’s advised him to avoid any additional jailhouse tats celebrating his criminal acts.

  13. “Remember Pats tried to protect him until cops got enough evidence.”

    Yeah the way they immediately cut him sure shows they tried to protect him.

    What’s disgusting is people like you telling lies like this.

  14. winninaintsinnin says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:55 PM
    Remember Pats tried to protect him until cops got enough evidence.

    Sickening franchise.
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    No. They cut him before he was even arrested. No statues for double murderers like in Baltimore.
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    mackcarrington says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:41 PM
    It continues to go unreported that he receives dozens of weekly visits and tons of fan mail from Patriot fans who think he got a raw deal.
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    It’s unreported because it’s only happening in your own wet dreams.

  15. Re: Kraft dating. Do you idiots realize that widowers and widows aren’t required to remain celibate? It’s been like that for several hundred years.

    Kraft is a rich guy. If he wants to roll with younger chicks, and they want to roll with him, its nobody else’s business.

  16. eazeback says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:30 PM
    it doesn’t really matter at this point, he will die in prison regardless if these charges stick or not
    ___________

    I bet it matters to the victim’s family…

  17. Who’s this guy again? Oh yeah, that’s right. Sorry, memory slipped… you know, cause ol’ what’s-his-name faded from relevancy YEARS ago.

  18. Typical Patriots fan…

    ricko1112 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:54 PM
    winninaintsinnin says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:55 PM
    Remember Pats tried to protect him until cops got enough evidence.

    Sickening franchise.
    —————————
    No. They cut him before he was even arrested. No statues for double murderers like in Baltimore.

    Wrong. Nice try at trying to rewrite history to try to make your Patriots look better.

    On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and into police custody. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes later, before officially knowing the charges against him

    They didn’t cut him until he was arrested and paraded in handcuffs to the police car on national television. Nice try though. Let’s not forget all the Patriots fans with “Free Hernandez” signs. But don’t let that stop you from rewriting history to fit your narrative of how much more righteous the Patriots they are than all the other teams.

  19. Tattoo convictions have worked in the past. Isn’t that how Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder were exonerated in Stir Crazy?

  20. whenwilliteverend says:
    Jan 10, 2017 8:39 PM
    Typical Patriots fan…

    ricko1112 says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:54 PM
    winninaintsinnin says:
    Jan 10, 2017 5:55 PM
    Remember Pats tried to protect him until cops got enough evidence.

    Sickening franchise.
    —————————
    No. They cut him before he was even arrested. No statues for double murderers like in Baltimore.

    Wrong. Nice try at trying to rewrite history to try to make your Patriots look better.

    On June 26, 2013, Hernandez was taken from his home in handcuffs and into police custody. The Patriots released Hernandez from the team about 90 minutes later, before officially knowing the charges against him

    They didn’t cut him until he was arrested and paraded in handcuffs to the police car on national television. Nice try though. Let’s not forget all the Patriots fans with “Free Hernandez” signs. But don’t let that stop you from rewriting history to fit your narrative of how much more righteous the Patriots they are than all the other teams.
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    Well, if we’re going to get into that level of detail, let’s see what NFL.com (certainly no friend of the Patriots) said at the time: “The New England Patriots’ decision to release tight end Aaron Hernandez on Wednesday was a collaborative one involving the franchise’s top decision-makers. It also was a decision made last week, not Wednesday morning, according to a person with knowledge of the Patriots’ decision-making. The Patriots knew that if Hernandez was arrested for being involved at some level in a homicide investigation, he was going to be released.”

    This won’t stop you for hating the Patriots, and if that’s how you want to spend your time, it’s your life. I thought I’d put my two cents in, and now I’m going back to ignoring everyone who despises my favorite team.

  21. Stop the madness…All 32 teams had him on their draft board. Whether he was a Patriot, Cowboy Steeler or Raven doesn’t matter. Nobody knew his dark side. If you hate a team so what but, don’t blame Kraft or the team for that scumbags actions. EVERY NFL team has had a scumbag of some dort play for them

  22. The facile attempts to align some functional emotional memory , or the revelation to a fractional population which responds to the horror of events perpetrated either by sociopaths , or outright madness , to any productive tax paying American organization , has in the end , more to say about the source of these suggestive inferences , and the notion that mining humour , or other social means of leveraging , appropriating , one subject under the guise of another charitable idea , is not only insulting to the memory of the victims , but the shocking details are difficult for most to balance aside from living their own complicated lives , holding onto their lunch .
    To align the healthy spirit of athletic competition with the verdicts in the ultimate malignancy found of Mr. Hernandez is a profoundly disturbing , disturbed exercise . The malcontents herein should directly improve their perspective at minimum by focussing their rage at some matter that stands improvement with the addition of some chat , rather than dwelling in speculative fantasy , outright fiction , at the price of their well being and dignity .

  23. bushwoodcc says:
    Jan 10, 2017 6:21 PM

    He didn’t have time to get fresh ink. He was arrested not too long after the murder. I’m also guessing his attorney’s advised him to avoid any additional jailhouse tats celebrating his criminal acts.
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    Totally inaccurate but 31 people bit on it. Doesn’t anybody ever do the reading anymore?? Click on the link, the tats have nothing to do with Lloyd murder. The revolver tat is purported to represent something that happened a year before his arrest and the automatic an event 5 months before.

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