Aaron Hernandez is a brutal thug who most likely murdered someone because he was pointed at. He’s like your mother who said it was rude to point at people, except in this case instead of scolding them, he shot them in the face.
Hernandez is so evil, that even when he was eating dinner with saint Tim Tebow, the nicest, most gentle soul on the planet, he ended up punching a waiter and rupturing an eardrum. Tim Tebow basically spends his time reading scripture to disabled, Syrian puppies, so if you commit assault with him during dinner, you’re the most violent person on the planet.
Hernandez is a walking Grand Theft Auto game of chaos who can bench 225 pounds 30 times. Given that this monster was just acquitted of double homicide, one would think that the state of Massachusetts would be starting up the tornado sirens warning citizens that this malevolent force was free. But Bostonians are not worried in the slightest that their former tight end is roaming the streets – because prior to the trial Hernandez was already convicted of a different murder and already serving a life sentence without parole.
Despite the fact that it would make no tangible difference in Hernandez’s punishment, the state spent taxpayer money for a trial where the end result was making Jose Baez, the guy who also succeeded in keeping Casey Anthony out of prison, even more powerful. Now Baez is basically a super villain, or at the very least a super villain’s attorney. At this point Baez could get the shark from Jaws acquitted based on the theory that there was too much blood spraying around for the victims to get a good look at the fish. This trial has so emboldened Baez that he’s going to stop advertising on bus stops and start putting up posters directly in Dexter’s kill rooms.
While there is no final tally on the price of the second trial, on the first trial the state spend almost half a million dollars in expenses alone. With Hernandez already serving a life sentence without parole, why did the state feel the need to spend money and limited resources to try him for another murder based primarily on the testimony of a drug dealer?
The answer is fame and vanity. If Aaron Hernandez was not a former NFL football player, but instead some random gang member, it is unlikely the state would’ve expended the money and resources to prosecute him again. But recently prosecutors have morphed into fame moths, becoming erratic and entranced at the site of the spotlight – abandoning all reason as they try to bash their head as close to the cameras as possible.
We saw prosecutors become similarly blinded by fame in the Freddie Gray case, where “badass” prosecutor Marilyn Mosby threw police officer after police officer to the mob in order to grow her own celebrity, only to have juries release the cops once they realized Mosby had no actual evidence. If it was a game of clue, Mosby’s case was essentially “It was the cops…all of them…with…racism!”
The comparison to Mosby is perhaps unfair given that Hernandez’s prosecutors had actual evidence against a true psychopath, but the motivations are the same. These prosecutors spend much of their time putting away poor people for minor drug offenses and convicting offenders who have often been victims of violence themselves their entire lives. It isn’t often that they get to prosecute a defendant who is an attractive, millionaire athlete, with a long history of remorseless bloodshed.
So one can see why the attorneys were eager to re-try Hernandez. They would get to convict an actual, honest-to-goodness bad guy – which is the reason they became prosecutors in the first place. And they would get to do so in the limelight.
But the problem is that they were doing it on the public’s dime. And for what? To possibly add jail-time to someone already in prison for life? Because the actual result was that they wasted public money just to fumble the ball with everyone watching. We need prosecutors who will do what is best for the public, and not what is best for their own egos.