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Should Aaron Hernandez's conviction have been tossed?

Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday, April 14, 2017, in Boston. Former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez turns to look toward his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez as he reacts to his double murder acquittal at Suffolk Superior Court Friday, April 14, 2017, in Boston. | Photo: AP Photo / Stephan Savoia, Pool.

November 08, 2018 07:24 AM

BOSTON (AP) - The highest court in Massachusetts will consider whether the state should scrap a legal principle that erased the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez after the former New England Patriots player killed himself in prison.
    
At issue in the case before the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday is a rule that holds that a defendant who dies before an appeal is heard should no longer be considered guilty in the eyes of the law.
    
Prosecutors say it's unfair to victims and their families to void the convictions of defendants like Hernandez. They say a defendant's estate should be able to pursue an appeal if they wish or the verdict should stand.
    
Hernandez's lawyers are urging the court to keep the practice in place.
    
Hernandez killed himself last year after his acquittal in two other slayings.

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