Court reinstates late Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

Victim's mom Hernandez will always be guilty

Massachusetts' highest court on Wednesday reinstated the late Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction, which was erased after the former National Football League star died by suicide in prison.

The Supreme Judicial Court on Wednesday scrapped the legal principle that erased Hernandez's conviction after he killed himself in prison, and ordered the onetime football star's conviction be restored.

The court reinstated Hernandez's first-degree 2015 murder conviction for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd, the boyfriend of his former fiance's sister.

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.

The murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, shown in 2012, has been reinstated by the highest court in MA.

Aaron Hernandez found hanged

Under the new order, if a defendant passes before their appeal, the conviction stands without any affirmation or nullification. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn II argued the defendant's estate should be allowed to appeal the case, if they wish. That conviction was voided, however, because Hernandez apparently died by suicide during the appeals process (he was found hanging in his cell).

"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. Some, like MA, toss the convictions, while other states dismiss the defendant's appeal and the conviction stands.

There was no immediate comment from Hernandez's attorney.

"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".

Roman Catholic priest John Geoghan, a key figure in the clergy sex abuse scandal that rocked the Boston archdiocese and spread across the globe, also had his child molestation conviction vacated after he was beaten to death in 2003 in his cell at the same MA maximum-security prison where Hernandez died.

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