DA Appeals Aaron Hernandez Ruling That Vacated Murder Conviction

Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III made good on previous promises to appeal the ruling that overturned the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. The conviction was vacated because he had not exhausted the appeals process for the conviction at the time of his suicide in prison in April. Judge E. Susan Garsh, who presided over the Lloyd murder trial, was forced to vacate the conviction in May as the result of a centuries-old Massachusetts legal rule known as “abatement ab initio.” According to a Friday report from local ABC affiliate WCVB, prosecutors pointed to the practices of other states that no longer erased the convictions of defendants who die before their appeals can be heard.

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