Quinn is urging the court to reinstate Hernandez’s conviction and do away with the legal principle for future cases. Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murder but after he killed himself in prison, his murder conviction was erased. John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, told the Supreme Judicial Court there’s nothing wrong with the doctrine and the alternatives floated by Quinn are problematic. Quinn wants court to allow a defendant’s estate to pursue an appeal, if they wish, otherwise the verdict would stand. “I’m struggling with this because we don’t have any good options,” said Ralph Gants, chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Source: thestar November 08, 2018 23:37 UTC