Aaron Hernandez Murder Conviction Reinstated By Court

Aaron Hernandez Murder Conviction Reinstated By Court

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

The Supreme Judicial Court also scrapped the legal principle that wiped out Hernandez's conviction for future cases, calling it "outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life". Lloyd played semi-pro football and Hernandez was convicted of his murder back in 2015.

After the 27-year-old former athlete hung himself, his family turned his brain over to scientists who determined that Hernandez had the one of the worst cases of the brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy that they had ever seen.

Prosecutors argued that the legal principle was unfair to victims and outdated.

Under the new order, if a defendant passes before their appeal, the conviction stands without any affirmation or nullification. As part of an obscure doctrine called "abatement ab initio", Hernandez's guilty verdict was overturned because he died before he was able to conclude the appeals process.

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'The SJC has ruled that Aaron Hernandez's conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd will stand, ' Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said, per NBC Boston.

Hernandez attorney John Thompson said the manner of death should not matter - when a person dies while his conviction is under direct appeal, the conviction should be vacated. The prosecution then appealed, seeking to have the conviction reinstated.

How states handle cases such as Hernandez's varies widely. Others allow appellate courts to consider a dead defendant's case, prosecutors said.

Quinn wrote Wednesday that, thanks to the court's ruling, "justice is served". "They would have an action against the estate because of the wrongful death of their family member". "He was an inspiration to all who knew him and a devoted member of his family and the community".

Other high-profile MA criminals whose convictions have been erased after their deaths include John Salvi, who was convicted of killing two abortion clinic workers and wounding five other people during a shooting rampage in Brookline in 1994.

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