There’s no doubt that we are beginning to hear more and more about Aaron Hernandez as he is attempting to bring up his murder conviction for review once again. With that thought, it appears that Aaron Hernandez has been busy rearranging his defense team and incorporating a high-powered attorney to spearhead the team. Hernandez is looking to get out of the murder conviction that was handed down to him last year.
The entire team has gone through a revamp, and it is now a powerhouse of legal knowledge, which should prove beneficial to Aaron Hernandez and his goal of having his charges dropped. Jose Baez is the tip of the spear, followed by other legal tyrants such as Ronald Sullivan of Harvard law and Alex Spiro, who represented other athletes in various cases.
Convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez is looking to have that conviction dropped as he appeals with his new and improved defense team.
According to ESPN, Hernandez, the former New England Patriots tight end, who grew up in Bristol, Connecticut, was convicted in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was associated with the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée. Hernandez was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
This isn’t the first time Hernandez has tried to appeal his conviction; a prior attempt by his previous lawyer, James Sultan, resulted in an almost immediate denial last year.
Jose Baez spoke about this case earlier in the week:
“We understand that numerous reports of our client’s alleged activity have been published, but we ask the public to afford Mr. Hernandez the presumption of innocence and let the facts unfold in a court of law,”
Further background on the rest of the defense team, provided by ESPN, demonstrates the vast skills that are accessible to Aaron Hernandez currently. But with that much power, it is more than likely a similar price tag was attached to his new team.
Sullivan, for example, is one of the law directors at Harvard law. He is also associated with having designed a conviction review unit, it is responsible for finding nearly a dozen wrongful convictions within its first year of being operational.
A bit of a heavier-handed benefit to Aaron Hernandez is Spiro, who is speculated to be a good team member of Baez, due to Spiro’s advanced hands-on skills within the courtroom. Spiro was in charge of defending a former NBA player by the name of Pero Antic, who was involved with a handful of civil lawsuits against the New York Police Department, so Spiro does have experience working athletic cases in the courtroom. There was also an incident with a few basketball players from a University in Oregon wherein the players actually sued their old institution for dismissing them amid their rape allegations.
And we cannot forget Hernandez’s trump card, Jose Baez, the man who was in charge of having Casey Anthony acquitted of her charges for the death of her daughter. Perhaps Hernandez is of the mindset that, if Baez can do it once, then he can do it again, for him at least.
If any of our readers are interested, Fox Sports is offering a rather detailed timeline of all of the prior events leading up to now on their website regarding the Aaron Hernandez murder case.
We also covered on TheInquisitr when Aaron Hernandez was handed a life sentence for his role in the commission of a first-degree murder.
Do you think Aaron Hernandez deserves his current sentence? Do you think he deserves a lower charge? How do you feel about athletes committing these types of crimes? Do you think they deserve a bit of leniency because of how difficult their jobs and duties are?
[AP Photo by Steven Senne]