Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Aaron Hernandez Discussion at UNH Law on Friday September 27

On Friday at 2:45 p.m., I'll be giving a talk at the University of New Hampshire School of Law alumni weekend on the Aaron Hernandez case and the range of legal and business issues at stake.  Those issues include (obviously) criminal law, but also issues in tort law, contract law and labor law. I've reported on this case for Sports Illustrated and, and I'm looking forward to talking about it.

Here's an outline of my discussion:


  1. A Brief History of Aaron Hernandez : From Bristol, Connecticut to Bristol County (Massachusetts) Jail.

  1. The murder charges and associated evidence for the death of Odin Lloyd.  Discussion will include analysis of:

·         Roles played by the alleged accomplices, Carlos Ortiz and Ernest Wallace;

·         Possibility of federal charges;

·         Hernandez’s possible defenses, including those connected to drug use; and

·         Hernandez reportedly being target of a Suffolk County (Boston) grand jury investigating the 2012 deaths of Safrio Furtado and Daniel Abreu.

  1. Can Hernandez Receive a Fair Trial?  Lessons from People of the State of California v. Orenthal James Simpson and Samuel Sheppard v. E.L. Maxwell.

  1. Possible Wrongful Death Action against Hernandez and Possible Vicarious Liability for New England Patriots.

  1. Dispute between New England Patriots and Hernandez over money purportedly owed to him under his NFL contract.

  1. Duty of Fair Representation of National Football League Players’ Association to advocate for Hernandez.

  1. Expectations for how Hernandez saga will impact the ways in which NFL and college teams investigate and evaluate players.

Although seating is reserved for alums of the school, a limited number of seats will be made available to others.  If you're interested in attending, please contact Matthew Solo at matthew.solo[at]

For more information about our law school's sports and entertainment law institute, click here.

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