Arguments on bid to erase Hernandez conviction set to begin

New England Patriots' Aaron Hernandez kneels on the field during football practice in Foxborough, Mass., on May 29, 2013. Judge Jeffrey Locke agreed to postpone the double murder trial of Hernandez while prosecutors try to get their hands on evidence now held by a law firm that previously represented him.

Hernandez's death ended a spectacular fall from grace for a man who signed a seven-year $40 million contract in 2012 with the Patriots after a troubled upbringing in CT. But, the team released Hernandez nearly immediately after he was arrested in June 2013 and didn't pay him the $5.91 million of that guaranteed amount.

Hernandez was found hanged inside his cell at the state's maximum security prison in Shirley on April 19, five days after he was acquitted of two other murders.

Judge Susan Garsh, a justice of the Superior Court in Bristol County, in her ruling cited longstanding precedent when it came to vacating the convictions of defendants who have pending appeals.

Ex-New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who committed suicide in April, had his murder conviction lifted Tuesday in a MA court.

The prosecution had argued that Hernandez's conviction getting overturned would reward his decision to take his own life.

"He died a guilty man and convicted murderer", the lawyer said.

Despite this acquittal, Hernandez chose to take his own life by hanging himself his cell days after the verdict.

Ward said she is holding on to her faith.

At a press conference after the judge's ruling Lloyd's mother, Ursula Ward, said that Hernandez is guilty and will always be guilty.

An appellate attorney for ex-NFL star Aaron Hernandez says he believes it is still uncertain as to whether Hernandez took his own life.

An attorney in Hernandez's criminal case filed court papers last month that said his estate is now worth "zero".

A judge is set to hear arguments in a push by lawyers for former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez to erase his conviction in a 2013 murder.

Prosecutor Patrik Bomberg argued otherwise and noted that according to a police report, Hernandez mentioned his awareness of the abatement law to a fellow inmate and in a suicide note addressed to his fiancee, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez.

One of the most famous applications of abatement ab initio occurred in 2006, when a federal court vacated the fraud convictions against Ken Lay after the former Enron CEO died of a heart attack. Garsh is the same judge who sat during Hernandez's murder trial.

  • Leroy Wright