Aaron Hernandez's First-Degree Murder Conviction Reinstated By Court

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction reinstated by Massachusetts’s highest court

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction reinstated by Massachusetts’s highest court

The highest court in MA has ordered Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated.

Aaron Hernandez was convicted on April 15, 2015 of the 2013 death of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough, Massachusetts. His death came only a few days after being acquitted in a separate double murder case.

Under the doctrine, rooted in centuries of English law, a conviction should not be considered final until an appeal can determine whether mistakes were made that deprived the defendant of a fair trial, legal experts say. Some states, like MA, toss the convictions, while others dismiss the defendant's appeal and the conviction stands.

During his arguments before the court, Bristol District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III said, "The practice of wiping out a jury verdict like it never occurred is not fair or equitable".

There was no immediate comment from Hernandez's attorney.

John H. Thompson, the court-appointed appellate lawyer for Hernandez, had argued that the criminal justice system is concerned exclusively with the defendant, not victims, their relatives, or jurors.

This new ruling will now set a legal precedent, meaning any future cases will be dealt with the same way Hernandez is being treated now.

"The SJC did not state a cogent reason for applying this new rule to Mr. Hernandez's case, and there is no reason in the record that justifies that aspect of this decision", John Thompson and Linda Thompson said in a statement.

"The current practice. does not consider the interest of the other parties who have an interest in the outcome, ' Quinn told the Boston Globe at the time". Otherwise, the conviction should stand, he said.

Under the new order, if a defendant passes before their appeal, the conviction stands without any affirmation or nullification. "They would have an action against the estate because of the wrongful death of their family member".

John Salvi, who was convicted of killing two abortion clinic workers in Brookline in 1994, had that ruling overturned when he committed suicide in 1996.

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