Aaron Hernandez murder conviction has been reinstated

Aaron Hernandez murder conviction has been reinstated

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

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.

During a November hearing before the court, Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn argued that vacating Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction is "fundamentally unfair". The ruling does not affect past cases.

But a judge threw out his conviction on the existing principle that dictated that someone found guilty who dies before having a chance to have his appeal reviewed should no longer be considered guilty.

"A defendant, who can cut off his own criminal appeal by suicide and stall civil litigation by a stay of proceedings. has the reins of the entire justice system in his own hands", prosecutors wrote.

How states handle cases such as Hernandez's varies widely. Some states, like MA, toss the convictions, while others dismiss the defendant's appeal and the conviction stands.

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.

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There was no immediate comment from Hernandez's attorney.

"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.

According to boston.com, the Supreme Judicial Court have overturned this ruling, which means Hernandez' conviction has been reinstated.

"We're here because he was convicted", Quinn told the justices. Otherwise, the conviction should stand, he said.

"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", the court said.

Lloyd's mother settled her wrongful death lawsuit with Hernandez's estate in September.

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