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Aaron Hernandez Jury is Deliberating

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

The jury is out in the murder trial of Aaron Hernandez for the killing of Odin Lloyd. During closing arguments, his attorney conceded he was present at the killing, but argues there is not proof that he took part. There are 2 charged co-defendants, who are still awaiting trial: neither testified against Hernandez.

A note for fellow media outlets covering the courts, do not approach the jury! A TV crew at this trial in Massachusetts nearly caused a mistrial.

Could Aaron Hernandez Beat the Murder Rap?

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

Raps, I guess I should say, since he is facing multiple counts of murder. As pointed out on Deadspin, it is entirely possible. The case against him is circumstantial, though it appears there is a great deal of cumulative circumstantial evidence. I expect they will be able to get their conviction, but you never know. Most watchers thought OJ would be convicted, but that case was also entirely circumstantial, and he was found not guilty rather quickly. (Obviously, there was a lot going on with the OJ prosecution.)

via Deadspin

The Aaron Hernandez Murder Trial is Underway

A jury has been selected in the murder trial of former NE Patriot and Florida Gator Aaron Hernandez. CNN has a live feed: http://www.cnn.com/specials/live-video-2

Aaron Hernandez Indicted for Earlier Double Murder

Aaron Hernandez

Aaron Hernandez

Former Patriot Aaron Hernandez has additional murder charges stemming from a drive-by shooting in 2012. One of the survivors of the drive-by has identified Hernandez as the shooter: it’s a little odd that he only recognized him after he was arrested for the later murder, but there is some damning circumstantial evidence compounding the case. The new allegations mean Hernandez may have played a season of football after killing two people in a drive-by.

The new charges may help the Patriots in the salary dispute with Hernandez, as Miguel Benzan pointed out in the Patsfans.com post we referenced yesterday, that means there is a prior existing circumstance that will prevent his availability, meaning the Patriots may be able to go after his signing bonus on his contract extension. Of course, the team needs to get in line, the families of the 2012 victims have already filed wrongful death actions. Hernandez may spend the rest of his life behind bars.

Aaron Hernandez’s Salary Implications

We’ve touched on the salary implications of for Patriot Aaron Hernandez’s arrest for murder. I was looking around to follow up, and I found a blog post that does a great job going over what’s going on with his salary, to the best of available information. It even gets into the minutia of salary cap implications, depending on how the grievances are decided. Check it out:

http://www.patsfans.com/salary-cap/?p=297#.U3POmfldXVU

Whitey Bulger Witness Was Poisoned

Stephen Rakes, one of potential witnesses listed in the Whitey Bulger prosecution, died during the course of Bulger’s trial. It was reported that he was not going to be called as a witness in Bulger’s case, which apparently had disappointed Mr. Rakes a great deal. It appears the poisoning was not at the direction of Mr. Bulger, as one of Mr. Rakes’ business associates has been charged with poisoning his iced coffee. The medical examiner ruled this week that cyanide poison is the cause of death.

Grievance Filed for Aaron Hernandez Salary

The NFL Players Association has filed a grievance for several million dollars on behalf of Aaron Hernandez for money he is owed. This was expected, due to certain guarantees in his contract. I’m curious how much money the team will spend to fight giving away money they contractually are obligated to pay. It will probably resolve by negotiation, which makes the most financial sense for both parties, and could avoid further negative media coverage for the Patriots.

James “Whitey” Bulger’s Trial Is Underway in Boston

James "Whitey" Bulger

James “Whitey” Bulger

Alleged crime boss Whitey Bulger, who spent 16 years hiding out to avoid his criminal charges, is currently on trial in Boston. He’s facing 32 counts, including 19 murders that he was allegedly involved in. Bulger was the alleged boss of the Winter Hill Gang, but was also allegedly an informant for the FBI, who in turn tipped him off about searches, raids, and even his own indictment (again- allegedly). His double dealing lent inspiration for Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Departed”. However, it appears his defense attorney will argue that he was not, in fact an informant. There had been some suggestion that he might claim immunity as a defense, based on the supposed promise for cooperation from the former prosecutor. His spent more than a decade atop the FBI’s most wanted list, until he was finally tracked down in California last year, thanks to a tip.

Jury selection is complete, and the trial is expected to take several months. Several of his former gang members are lined up to testify against him as government witnesses. It’s the biggest mob trial since John Gotti. Boston.com has had excellent coverage of the case.

Our coverage: https://crimcourts.wordpress.com/?s=whitey