Out of sheer boredom I tuned in to LawNewz and learned the jury had just come back “not guilty” for both murder counts against Aaron Hernandez. He was also acquitted of five of the six other charges.
Based on the analysis, it sounds like the prosecution had an uphill battle all along. Still, it is another big win for defence lawyer Jose Baez, his fees are going to go way up as a result of this. He even has a TV show now, on FOX, called You the Jury. Of course, the haters who hated him for what he did with Casey Anthony’s case are hating him even more now. Apparently Baez wasn’t in court today, though, for some medical reason.
As for Hernandez, he was already serving time for another murder, so it’s back to jail for him.
I noticed this week that LawNewz has now launched their new online live-streaming channel, where they will be streaming major trials live. Of course, the LawNewz site has been around for a while, and has been streaming trials for a while, but now they have a channel going throughout the day with all the analysis and the rest of it. You can find it here.
It’s harkening back to the old CourtTV glory days on cable, before it closed down. The guy behind this new effort is Dan Abrams, and he was with CourtTV back in the day as well. Some other anchors and reporters have also been hired, including Beth Karas who’s been everywhere already (CourtTV, HLN, etc.).
As a trial junkie myself, I’m glad to see this venture up and running, but I don’t know how much I’ll be tuning into. The main problem is I work for a living, so I’m never able to watch these trials!
The channel launched Monday and is up and running just in time for the Aaron Hernandez trial. Opening statements took place in court today. Wait a minute, you’re thinking: hadn’t Hernandez (pictured), the former New England Patriots NFL player, already been on trial? Yes, he was, in fact, and he was convicted of the murder of Odin Lloyd. So he’s already serving time in the clink for that.
This is a different charge, however, from an earlier incident in which he’s accused of killing two other people. So Hernandez is on trial for this one, too, and I notice Jose Baez, of Casey Anthony trial fame, has been taken on as his defence lawyer. Based on what I am reading, this could be a tougher case for the prosecutors to prove than the last one, so we shall see. Still, I don’t know why I bother to follow this case, because this guy Hernandez is already in jail and he’s not getting out, no matter what happens!
Anyway, this live streaming channel sounds good, so I’m going to try and tune in as much as I can.
Well, now that the Trump election is over, I am politicked out!
Now, I can finally get caught up on some of the other happenings going on in the news, such as the verdict this week in the Justin Ross Harris hot-car death case down in Georgia.
Lessee, what did they finally decide? Wow, they convicted him of murder of his son. They really threw the book at this guy. There were some people out there who thought maybe this character might walk, because it’s such a tough case to prove, but it looks as if the jury was convinced by the evidence presented. So, that’s that for that trial.
I like to follow high-profile court cases in the news, but we seem to have a lack of major trials at the moment — certainly, a lack of ones involving big celebrities. The one that seems to be the highest profile and most compelling at the moment is this case in Georgia involving Justin Ross Harris. He’s the one accused of deliberately and intentionally leaving his young son in his car for seven hours to die on a hot day. He faces eight criminal counts including felony murder, and the trial has been televised and live streamed.
Obviously, this sounds like a terribly sad situation for the victim. The prosecution has rested its case and today the defense tried again to have a mistrial declared, to no avail.
I haven’t had a chance to follow the ins and outs of this case as closely as I might like, so I can’t tell you whether I think the prosecution is winning or not. I read this item in LawNewz that seems to suggest the case for the State isn’t as strong as everyone thought it would be. You know, I’ve seen so many of these cases over the years where the prosecution would lay out their supposedly strong theory and call all their witnesses, and then when they would finally rest their case I’d sit there and go “that’s it!?” I find that whenever I have that reaction, the prosecution would always go on to lose, every time.
Anyway, we will see what transpires in this case now that the defense is calling witnesses.
For folks who are sad that the Aaron Hernandez trial is nearing the end with closing arguments this week in Massachusetts, take heart.
Because the Mike Duffy trial begins tomorrow, and that sure-fire gong show here in Canada will surely keep the trial junkies preoccupied long after the Hernandez verdict is reached.
I had unexpected time on my hands at work today after a court case fell through, so when I got back to the office I tuned into, you guessed it, a live trial. It figures.
I fired up the Aaron Hernandez murder trial live stream, figuring I could listen to that while I did some work. I was hoping I could at least get a little caught up with what is happening in that trial, which I really haven’t followed much of lately due to a host of other commitments.
As it turned out, proceedings ended suddenly due to a bomb threat to the Fall River court house. Somebody on the live stream said they were evacuating, so that was it.
That put a stop to the coverage, although I understand they eventually resumed an hour later. Honestly, folks, what is going on with the world at the moment? It seems like all the unhinged types are on the loose, creating havoc for people.
I will say this: this bomb scare was the one interesting thing to happen all day there at the Aaron Hernandez trial, because I otherwise found the proceedings today to be absolutely boring.
Tomorrow could be a big day in the trial, as testimony from his fiancée could possibly finish Hernandez off. Hopefully, they get through the day at the court house without any more annoying disruptions like what we saw today.
I am not terribly surprised to find out the jury has hung again in the Jodi Arias case, that seemed to be what was happening anyway. Only question now is whether judge will allow her to apply for parole after 25 years. More later.
Update: it turns out this jury was 11-1 for the death penalty. Also not surprisingly, the viewers who were most interested in this trial are by and large furious at the result.
First things first, no, this post is not about the Oscars, or movies. Instead, I am talking breaking news. The verdict is in in Texas in the trial of Eddie Ray Routh, ex-Marine accused of the capital murders of ex-Navy SEAL Chris Kyle who was the subject of the movie American Sniper, and also of Chad Littlefield.
The jury has found Routh guilty, and he is sentenced to life in prison, no death penalty here in this case.
So that is what I was watching tonight on the live streams of the TV news from Texas. Also, I should point out it is a big time for trial junkies, with the Jodi Arias penalty phase going on and the Aaron Hernandez murder trial going, so I will want to talk some more on that, soon,
Expect me to put up some posts in the days ahead looking back at the O.J. Simpson case from 20 years ago.
Today was the grim 20th anniversary of the murders in Brentwood of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman, touching off the media firestorm that came about when Simpson was charged with the murders.
That, of course, led to the now-famous Trial of the Century in LA, featuring the most colorful cast of characters ever as well as a certain glove that didn’t fit.
Simpson was eventually acquitted. But he eventually ended up in trouble again and Simpson is currently rotting in a Nevada prison after an armed robbery conviction finally put him away a few years ago.
Lately, I notice O.J. has filed yet another appeal for a new trial. Another Simpson trial? Haven’t we had enough of those by now?
Well, great! I have some free time coming up, but I won’t be able to use it watching live coverage of the Oscar Pistorius trial, because it is on hold for a month as he undergoes a psychiatric evaluation.
Come to think of it, I’ve probably seen enough courtroom activity live over the last number of weeks anyway. Maybe I should tune in to basketball instead, or something.
Yes, indeed, the defence called Oscar Pistorius on to the witness stand in his murder trial and he was tearfully saying it was all a mistake and that he was trying to protect Reeva.
Whether you want to believe that explanation is entirely up to you. Anyway, the trial broke for the day early; testimony resumes Tuesday.
Update — I notice there was a good live blog of the testimony and the day’s proceedings at Eyewitness News.
Also, for those of you wondering if I am jealous about not being able to be there covering the Pistorius trial, don’t worry. We have people in our own community who apparently like to shoot off weapons, too, so I am in court this week covering that alleged incident. Never a dull moment in the news business.
The second-degree murder trial of George Zimmerman in Florida continued on Monday with more bad news for the prosecution. Evidence was allowed in that Trayvon Martin had marijuana in his system.
It really does seem like the prosecution’s case is unravelling at the moment. When they rested on Friday it sure seemed like many legal pundits had a confused “that’s it?” kind of reaction to it.
One commentator over at — surprise surprise — Fox News has declared the trial to be already over. But even Dan Abrams thinks Zimmerman won’t be convicted, and when someone like Abrams is saying that, it’s something you need to take note of.
Watch out, folks — we could have a legal upset-in-the-making in progress here.