Court reinstates late Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction
The Supreme Judicial Court unanimously found that the legal rule that erased Hernandez’s conviction is “outdated and no longer consonant with the circumstances of contemporary life.” It ordered that Hernandez’s conviction be restored and that the practice be abolished for future cases. Some, like Massachusetts, toss the convictions, while other states dismiss the defendant’s appeal and the conviction stands. The district attorney whose office prosecuted Hernandez’s case applauded the court’s decision. Quinn told the court that the defendant’s estate should be allowed to appeal the case, if they wish. Under the new rule laid out by the court, the conviction will stand, but the court record will note the conviction was neither affirmed nor reversed because the defendant died while the appeal was pending.