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Friday, April 17, 2015

DID THE HERNANDEZ DEFENSE BLOW IT?

Roy Black has a new take on the "how can you represent those people" question that is the bane of the criminal defense attorney  in social situations. Check his blog here.

The final take on the Aaron Hernandez tragedy is that we find it hard to believe that a person who seemingly has it all- fame, money, a sports hero, would throw it all away and act like a common street thug.  And as the comments from the last post show, we also engage in shadenfreude , which as long time and careful readers of this blog know, means taking pleasure from the misfortune of others. 

The jurors gave interviews here  in which they said they were shocked that the defense admitted in closing argument that Hernandez was present at the murder scene. It's easy to be a Monday morning quarterback and criticize the defense for a gamble that didn't pay off. But if the prosecution was able through painstaking evidence to place Hernandez at the scene, then that might have been the only card the defense could play.  

Been there. Done that. And it's not pleasant. We don't like it when trials end up with facts that we didn't think the prosecution could prove. It's not a good sign. The best of us can adapt, but it tilts the odds even more in the favor of the prosecution. 

Who's getting the Apple watch? 
Not us. Our seiko works just fine. 

But we will be first in line for Star Wars. 
Enjoy the trailer and your weekend. 



10 comments:

Anonymous said...

great win by Marshall Dore Louis and Hilary Metz - Judge Altonaga tossed verdict over statute of limitations argument.

Anonymous said...

It was Red Schoendienst day at the Cardinals game yesterday. I was overjoyed.

Anonymous said...

More people were killed in the United States by members of the 2008 Florida Gators football team than by Ebola. Just saying.

Rumpole said...

Red Schondienst won a championship. Gas house gang. That's more than loser Dan Marino can say.

Anonymous said...

The case was well prosecuted and overwhelming except as to who actually pulled the trigger. There was no dispute that Hernandez was at the scene. Whats the lawyer going to do? Lose all his credibility by denying the obvious or point out a possibilty where the state can't prove its case even assuming the client is at the scene. The jurors surprise was probably because the defense disputed some of those facts during the testimony not because they believed the opposite.

Anonymous said...


Being pretty mean to one of your beloved Pittsburgh natives that you are usually so fond of Rump. Dan did not win a SB in his career. There are several great athletes that are part of that club of never having won a Championship in their sport.

Do you believe that the following great athletes were all "losers", like Dan Marino?

Elgin Baylor. ...
Patrick Ewing. ...
Jim Kelly. ...
Charles Barkley. ...
Ted Williams. ...
Cris Carter. ...
Karl Malone. ...
Barry Sanders.
Ernie Banks
Barry Bonds
Dick Butkus
Rod Carew
Ty Cobb
Carlton Fisk
Tony Gywnn

And the list goes on.


Anonymous said...

Sorry Rumpole-the Gas House Gang was the 1936 St. Louis Cardinals with Leo Durocher and Dizzy Dean known for their crazy antics-Red played on the 1946 champions. And what's with the knocking of Dan Marino who had absolutely no defense to help him win a Super Bowl

earl rogers said...

I knew that Rumpole is not a Heat fan and loves to mock the team when he is able to but I always thought he was a Dolphins fan which makes his trashing of Dan Marino even more peculiar.

Anonymous said...

Good one Fi

Anonymous said...

Yes, Rump, looks like the owner of the Patriots hammered the final nail into Hernandez' eventual prison coffin.