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Boston College Expert: Aaron Hernandez Guilty Verdict

Robert Bloom

PROF. ROBERT BLOOM
BOSTON COLLEGE LAW SCHOOL

(617) 894-1781 (cell)
robert.bloom@bc.edu

Robert Bloom has been widely quoted by national and local media outlets on a number of high profile cases, particularly the James “Whitey” Bulger case. He specializes in Constitutional law; civil rights; criminal and civil trials; court system; police abuse; police use of informants; Fourth Amendment; police interrogation; judges and jurors. A former civil rights attorney and assistant district attorney, Bloom is the author of numerous books and articles including: Ratting: The Use and Abuse of Informants in the American Justice System and Constitutional Criminal Procedure.

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4-15-15

The jury in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial returned a guilty verdict on all counts, including first degree murder.

“The verdict is not surprising at all,” says Boston College Law Professor Robert Bloom, a former prosecutor. “The weight of the evidence was the decider – it was a substantial circumstantial case.“

The former New England Patriot was convicted of murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd in June of 2013 after feeling Lloyd could no longer be trusted. The body of the 27-year-old was found in an industrial park. Among the evidence was surveillance video showing the rental car of Hernandez entering the park, leaving it, then returning to Hernandez’s North Attleboro home, less than a mile away. There was also video of Hernandez handling a handgun in his home in the hours after the murder, although the weapon was never found.

“There was evidence that Hernandez called his buddies, there was evidence that they picked up Mr. Lloyd, and there was evidence Hernandez was at the location where Lloyd was shot,” says Bloom, an expert on criminal and court procedures.

The verdict comes after seven days of deliberations.

“It was a long trial so they obviously weighed the evidence carefully and they weighed carefully the alternative theory put out by the defense,” says Bloom, author of more than a dozen books including Constitutional Criminal Procedure and Criminal Procedure; The Constitution and the Police. “The fact that it went on so long indicates there was probably some disagreement in the jury room. The collective wisdom of the jury usually comes up with the right verdict.”

For Hernandez, the money spent on a high-profile defense team was not enough to overcome the weight of the evidence.

“He had the best defense money could buy,” says Bloom.

 

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