It was offbeat lawyer Jose Baez who got Casey Anthony acquitted of the murder of her daughter.
Had Hernandez not committed suicide in prison, Baez also might have gotten him acquitted of the murder of Odin Lloyd.
For that killing, Hernandez had been serving a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. The conviction was up for appeal. At the first trial he had been represented by lawyers from Ropes & Gray.
Could Baez have made Hernandez a free man, again?
Those are the kinds of questions which James Patterson raises in his true-crime 2018 book "All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez." Here the book can be ordered from Amazon.
Other questions Patterson presents to readers include what turned an extremely gifted athlete into a murderer.
Of course, the beating the brains of football players receive is brought out. After his death, there was an examination of Hernandez's. It showed evidence of Stage III CTE which was, at that time, the worst case in existence for a man as young as he had been. However, as Patterson brings out, although many football players suffer from CTE, not many of them become killers.
Patterson also provides Hernandez's early traumas, ranging from the unexpected death of his father when he was a boy to his mother's infidelity.
In addition, fame came so fast that Hernandez did not have the opportunity to emotionally mature. He seemed clueless about how to process anger, disappointment, and self-blame.
Patterson's book is must reading, obviously, for criminal lawyers.
But it could also help athletic coaches guide their stars away from self-destruction. We all know sports, even at the college level, is big business. Too often, those in the loop cut too much slack for athletes without the miscreants being able to learn from their mistakes.
This blog hopes that Hernandez found the peace in death that he couldn't hold onto in his short life.
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