Because of Massachusetts’ Law, since Hernandez wasn’t able to use his appeals the judge vacated his sentence so he was no longer on record to have committed murder. Think about the terrible repercussions of this. The family of the victim no longer has any semblance of closure because Hernandez because the man who was convicted by a jury of killing their son, no longer is “officially” convicted of the crime.
In the Hernandez case there’s a legal issue because his sentence was vacated. The New England Patriots might have to pay $6.5 million of his contract to his designated beneficiary. The court is trying to figure out who is the beneficiary is because he didn’t have a Will. Not that the New England Patriots don’t have the money but what kind of a precedence would this establish if criminals could clear their criminal record by committing suicide?
For some prisoners, suicide in their minds is the best alternative. In Hernandez’s case he had an awesome life as a wealthy professional athlete. Going from a mansion to sleeping in a cot had to have been extra hard on him compared to other inmates who grew up in housing projects wondering where their next meal would come from. He wasn’t of much use to his fiancé and their daughter in prison but he knew that by taking his own life he’d be able to provide them with millions of dollars. He actually wrote in his suicide note to his fiancé: “Now you’re rich.” I’d say it was very clear he had an agenda.
This law is absolutely ridiculous. He was tried and convicted. He’s the reason he couldn’t appeal his conviction because he took his own life. I hope the citizens of Massachusetts demand the law be removed from their books.