Prosecutors ask judge to reject request to vacate Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction

Massachusetts prosecutors asked a judge today to reject a request to posthumously vacate the conviction of Aaron Hernandez, arguing that granting the request would “reward” the former New England Patriots star tight end for his “conscious, deliberate and voluntary act” of murder. After Hernandez, 27, committed suicide in prison on April 19, his attorneys asked that his conviction for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd be dismissed. While Massachusetts courts have allowed dismissals in cases where a defendant dies before appeals are exhausted, Bristol County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Bomberg said the practice is more custom than law. In a written submission, Bomberg also suggested vacating