In court filings last week, prosecutors produced two pieces of evidence they said bolster their argument.
Quinn argued, "despite the tragic ending to Aaron Hernandez's life, he should not reap the legal benefits of an antiquated rule".
Hernandez's appellate attorneys made their request under a long-standing legal principle holding that when defendants die before their direct appeal is decided, their convictions are vacated.
She said the Commonwealth of MA was incorrect that the U.S. Supreme Court had rejected the doctrine.
Hernandez's death ended a spectacular fall from grace for a man who signed a seven-year $40 million contract in 2012 with the Patriots after a troubled upbringing in CT. The suicide stunned his family because it came just days after Hernandez been found not guilty of a 2012 double murder. He was serving a life sentence in Lloyd's murder.
"In our book, he's guilty, and he's always going to be guilty", Ursula Ward said.
Lloyd's mother filed a wrongful death lawsuit in 2013 on behalf of her son against Hernandez, the Patriots and Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
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After a judge ruled that a long-standing legal principle in MA requires the vacating of Hernandez's conviction, Thompson told reporters he still has doubts about whether Hernandez killed himself. He has previously called on the Patriots to pay out any money now owed to Aaron Hernandez's estate, in hopes it would end up in the hands of Lloyd's family. Well, Ward would have to independently retry the murder charge against Hernandez in front of a new jury, nearly as if the original trial never happened.
Earlier today, a Superior Court judge officially dismissed the murder conviction of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez.
A MA judge ruled to clear former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez of his murder conviction Tuesday after Hernandez committed suicide.
(6) During her testimony, Hernandez's girlfriend said that Hernandez asked her to get rid of a box in the trash, but that she never looked at its contents before throwing it away.
A judge on Tuesday erased a 2013 murder conviction against former National Football League star Aaron Hernandez, ruling that case law in MA has long established that defendants who die before their appeals are heard should have their convictions vacated.
Hernandez's appeal was still pending when he hanged himself in his cell at Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster, Mass.
A MA judge has thrown out the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, because the former National Football League star died in prison before his appeal could be heard.
"The defendant should not be able to accomplish in death what he could not accomplish in life", Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg said.
Because Hernandez was technically not convicted of a crime, the termination of his contract may not have been legally performed. This means the New England Patriot is now considered "not guilty" in the eyes of the court! Prosecutors felt differently since Hernandez committed suicide in prison so his death was a "conscious, deliberate and voluntary act". That decision cleared the very conviction that landed him in prison for life to begin with.
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