Aaron Hernandez attorneys say court was wrong to restore murder conviction

Attorneys for late NFL tight end Aaron Hernandez asked the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, the state’s highest court, to reverse its decision to reinstate Hernandez’s murder conviction.

Via the Associated Press, in documents filed on Friday with the SJC, attorneys say the court was wrong last month when it ordered that Hernandez’s 2015 conviction for murdering Boston resident Odin Lloyd be restored.

Hernandez killed himself in prison nearly two years ago, not long after being acquitted in a second murder case, where he was accused of killing two men in a drive-by shooting.

The SJC recently did away with a long-held legal principle in the court that voided murder convictions when the guilty died before their appeal could be heard, and decided that convictions will follow individuals to the grave.

However, the court has applied the new rule only to Hernandez’s case, and not to other prior cases.

Hernandez’s lawyer says the new rule should impact only future cases and not be applied retroactively.

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