Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Court reinstates late Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

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Rita Gibson | 14 March, 2019, 08:13

The former New England Patriots player committed suicide two days after he was acquitted in a second murder case concerning the deaths of two men which occurred in 2012.

The Supreme Judicial Court's decision comes almost two years after a state judge vacated Hernandez's murder conviction after the former National Football League star's suicide.

The 27-year-old Hernandez was found dead in his prison cell on April 19, 2017, with his death ruled a suicide.

Prosecutors have said the legal doctrine is outdated and unfair to victims.

"Rather, when a defendant dies irrespective of cause, while a direct appeal as of right challenging his conviction is pending, the proper course is to dismiss the appeal as moot and note in the trial court record that the conviction removed the defendant's presumption of innocence, but that the conviction was appealed and neither affirmed nor reversed because the defendant died", Justice Elspeth Cypher wrote in the court's decision.

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Hernandez was convicted for the murder of Lloyd in 2015.

But the state Supreme Court ruled against vacating the conviction.

The district attorney whose office prosecuted Hernandez's case applauded the court's decision. Others allow appellate courts to consider a dead defendant's case, prosecutors said.

"We think the Court departed from its usual standards in coming to this decision and intend to seek reconsideration of that aspect of its decision that applies its newly minted law to Mr. Hernandez's case", he said in a statement."The Court has overlooked an essential point of fairness in applying its new rule to this case". "It's not fair or just and should be changed", Quinn told reporters after the November hearing. "They would have an action against the estate because of the wrongful death of their family member".

Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese and spread across the globe, also had his child molestation conviction vacated after he was beaten to death in 2003 in his cell at the same MA maximum-security prison where Hernandez died.

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