Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction to be reinstated, court rules

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez attends his double murder trial during the sixth day of jury deliberations at Suffolk Superior Court Friday

Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction reinstated by Massachusetts’s highest court

Massachusetts' highest court has reinstated former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction.

The legal principle known by the Latin phrase "ab initio", came under scrutiny a year ago when Hernandez, a former New England Patriots star and convicted killer, was found dead in his prison cell.

Aaron Hernandez was convicted on April 15, 2015 of the 2013 death of semipro football player Odin Lloyd in North Attleborough, Massachusetts.

Hernandez hanged himself in his cell days after being acquitted in a double-murder case from 2012.

The murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez, shown in 2012, has been reinstated by the highest court in MA. 'We are pleased justice is served in this case, the antiquated practice of vacating a valid conviction is being eliminated and the victim's family can get the closure they deserve'.

A judge threw out Hernandez's conviction that year, citing the legal principle that holds that a defendant convicted at trial who dies before an appeal is heard should no longer be considered guilty in the eyes of the law, thereby returning the case to its pretrial status.

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Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction has been reinstated. Quinn III was the prosecutor on the Hernandez case.

"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.

Lloyd's family has sued Hernandez and his estate in civil court for wrongful death, seeking answers about their loved one's murder and damages.

"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".

John H. Thompson, the court-appointed appellate lawyer for Hernandez, had argued that the criminal justice system is concerned exclusively with the defendant, not victims, their relatives, or jurors.

"This decision has helped the family to obtain closure from the frightful loss of their beloved son Odin", Attorney Doug Sheff said in a statement.

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