Patriots, NFL May Have To Pay Aaron Hernandez’s Family Millions Of Dollars Due To Legal Loophole
Earlier today, we learned that Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction in the Odin Lloyd case as well as a gun-related conviction in his double-murder case will be thrown out and vacated because of an archaic law in the state of Massachusetts.
Via The Boston Globe
In the eyes of the state of Massachusetts, the death of former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez could make him an innocent man, thanks to an archaic legal principle called “abatement ab initio,” said Martin W. Healy, chief legal counsel to the Massachusetts Bar Association.
Though Hernandez was convicted in 2015 of murdering Odin L. Lloyd of Boston, Hernandez’s appeal was not complete. Abatement ab initio means “from the beginning,” Healy said, and it means that upon a person’s death, if they have not exhausted their legal appeals, their case reverts to its status at the beginning — it’s as if the trial and conviction never happened.
“Unfortunately, in the Odin Lloyd matter, for the family, there won’t be any real closure,” said Healy. “Aaron Hernandez will go to his death an innocent man.”
This legal loophole might mean that the NFL and the New England Patriots owe Hernandez’s family millions of dollars of money they refused to pay the former Patriots tight end because of the murder conviction according to lawyer Michael Coyne who spoke to CSNNE’s “Toucher and Rich”.
Via Patriots Wire