Earlier today, Judge E. Susan Garsh officially vacated the 2013 murder conviction of former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez. It's all due to a "binding precedent" where a person who dies while in the process of an appeal would have there conviction erased. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas M. Quinn III plans to appeal the courts ruling and said he would fight it all the way to the Massachusetts Supreme Court if he has to.
“Despite the tragic ending to Aaron Hernandez’s life, he should not reap the legal benefits of an antiquated rule,” Quinn said. “State and federal courts from across the country have rejected this antiquated rule. Massachusetts, in my opinion, needs to follow suit.”
A lawyer for Hernandez estate ask the judge to vacate the conviction after Aaron Hernandez' suicide last month while serving a life sentence for the killing of Odin Lloyd. It is unknown at this time if the erasing of this conviction would mean the New England Patriots would owe the estate Hernandez' signing bonus of $15 million, but it was the conviction that originally voided the contract.