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Ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez seeks jail transfer

By Philip Marcelo

BOSTON (AP) - Former New England Patriot star Aaron Hernandez should be moved to a jail closer to Boston because communication with his attorneys and his personal safety are being compromised, Hernandez's lawyers said in a transfer request Friday.

Boston-based attorneys Michael Fee and James Sultan said Hernandez needs to be closer to them as he faces three murder charges in two different venues: Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River and Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston.

Fee and Sultan also complained their client has dealt with "bizarre and unprecedented" restrictions in his communications with his lawyers. Hernandez cannot always speak privately over the phone and in-person visits are limited to a specially-designated visitation room at the prison, they said.

They also accused the jail administrator, Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, of violating Hernandez's due process rights and privacy rights.

The lawyers said Hodgson has colluded with Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter in the prosecution of the case, "abandoned" his duty to safely detain Hernandez while he awaits trial, and used Hernandez for "self-promotion and virtually non-stop publicity."

The lawyers also suggested Hernandez's safety is at risk now that he faces criminal charges for allegedly threatening to kill a prison guard and his family, and in an alleged jail altercation with another inmate. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

Hodgson said the comments from Hernandez's lawyers were "outrageous." He said Hernandez has had no issues with staff since allegedly making the threats to the correctional officer back in November.

"He's not being treated any different than any person in that place," Hodgson said. "I'm very comfortable with our practices. We are nationally accredited."

Hodgson rejected the claim that Hernandez's calls and face-to-face meetings with his lawyers are being monitored and said the notion that he is colluding with prosecutors or using Hernandez's notoriety for his own personal gain are also without merit. He said Hernandez's lawyers have already raised these complaints with his office about a month ago and that his office responded in writing.

A spokeswoman for Sutter said prosecutors will file a response in court at a later date.

Hernandez was in court in Fall River earlier this week as his lawyers sought to limit evidence against him in the slaying of former semi-professional football player Odin Lloyd in an industrial park near Hernandez's North Attleborough home. Defense attorneys also sought to have the murder charges dismissed outright.

The judge has yet to rule on those motions, but she has set a tentative trial date of Oct. 6.

Hernandez is set to appear in court in Boston next week in the 2012 drive-by shooting that killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to all three killings.

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Practical Nomad June 20 2014 at 11:48 PM

Aaron Hernandez should stay right where he is. As far as most people are concerned, prisoners give up their rights when they commit murder. Prisons aren't the Hilton and the Warden isn't expected to put a mint on Aaron's pillow each night. Prisons are meant to be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Hernandez shouldn't have broken the law if he doesn't like his surroundings.

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a38acp June 20 2014 at 11:28 PM

you had the world, and your ghetto mentality did you in loser

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the aol experien June 20 2014 at 10:33 PM

Put him in with OJ and the two can tell each other how great they were!

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Ed the aol experien June 21 2014 at 4:14 AM

I never cared for OJ when he was playing, I was a kid and a fan of both Ohio State and Michigan. I held the fact that OJ played for USC against him. even then I never doubted that he was great player. Hernandez was never even close to OJ when it came to football greatness.
I actually got to like OJ after he retired, most of the movies that I saw him in were amusing, and he had some great skits on SNL. I got back to disliking him after it became pretty clear that he killed two people.

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pscottparker10231955 the aol experien June 21 2014 at 1:29 PM

LOL! Oh, and they're both innocent! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!

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phylsingleton June 21 2014 at 1:04 AM

He isw accused of three murders and he thinks he should special consideration. Then maybe he should have given those he killed a little bit of consideration and not killed them, just cause he though he was a big shot football player. Oh that is right he is also a thug.

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HanSolo VII June 20 2014 at 11:43 PM

This guy is a ********......he has arrogance written all over him !! You can get a pretty good sense of a person's personality by their body language and things they say. I predict.....he'll be found guilty....I'm confident of that. The real crime here is......this dumbass had it all......notoriety, money, career........and he tossed it all away, lol !! Dumbass !! One thing is for sure.......I don't give a rats ass how famous he may have once been. After they convict him, then sentence him to life without parole ( as he deserves ).....he'll no longer be a " tight end ". In fact, he'll give a whole new meaning to the term " wide receiver ".........LOL !!!!! Oh Aaron.......bend over baby.....here comes Bubba !!!

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tieboe June 21 2014 at 7:18 AM

Thats why its called prison. I think Jagger put it best when he said "You cant always get what you want"

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anderson June 20 2014 at 10:48 PM

Maybe Bammy will trade him for some unamed deserter we don't know about yet

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madlyfem anderson June 21 2014 at 3:36 PM

Hopefully, you will be arrested and spend a few months in jail with other creeps like yourself.

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Ron Balsom June 21 2014 at 12:39 AM

OK Judge, what don't you understand about jail time ??? Here in Wyoming jail time means an individual is placed behind bars, by himself or a 'second', then the door closed, and or, bars slid 'closed'. The 'door' is locked (usually electronically) and the prisoner is 'secure' inside the cell. Now HEAR THIS JUDGE, if you don't understand that 'principle' then you certainly don't deserve being any kind of 'crime related' decision maker. Judge, pick your 'butt' off you bench and walk out the door. Leave! bye, bye. (By the way, don't apply here in Wyoming for a job......already 'got your number'.

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bah002 Ron Balsom June 21 2014 at 12:40 PM

WOW! must be great to know, just how each should be JUDGED!! Well, when it's your turn, we know how you will want to be treated! and Remember you never know what tomorrow will bring and never say never!

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madlyfem Ron Balsom June 21 2014 at 3:34 PM

You never know when an innocent person will find themselves accused of a crime and in jail. It happens all the time. The 4 boys who were convicted of raping that woman in Central Park spent 13 years in Prison, but were entirely innocent. They were youngsters when they went to prison and they lost their youth. New York just settled for $40 million, but these men have been harmed beyond measure. How do they learn to live in society after living all those years with criminals? They were good kids. I hope people will help them start their new lives so they can live the rest of their lives in peace.

That is why we need to be so careful. Everyone was so sure they were guilty; people wanted to lynch them at the time.

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billyboy madlyfem June 21 2014 at 3:48 PM

It is called American "justice". Sounds like a lot of lynch minded ppl. in here. That`s about right for America.

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brian madlyfem June 21 2014 at 4:14 PM

How do you know they were good kids? Did you know them?

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charlettedawson June 21 2014 at 1:16 AM

What happened to this guy? He had it all; fame, money, looks - and he just throws it all away? Did he get hit in the head with a football and go crazy or something? Maybe the now the government should ban footballs along with guns, food, oxygen and water. All this craziness will stop for sure.

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