Aaron Hernandez Requests Delay in Civil Proceeding

Posted: September 4, 2013 in News
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130620093408-01-aaron-hernandez-horizontal-galleryEx-New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez has asked a federal judge in Miami to delay a lawsuit accusing him of shooting a man in the face.  Hernandez is currently facing murder charges and an additional double-homicide investigation, asked the court yesterday to grant him a temporary stay.  Alexander Bradley is suing Hernandez, claiming that the tight end shot him in February after the two got into a fight at a Miami strip club.  Bradley claims that Hernandez fired at him during a limo ride after leaving the club and that he intentionally “possessed a gun which he was not legally licensed to have.”

Bradley says he lost sight in one eye and continues to receive medical treatment.  Hernandez argues in a motion filed by his lawyers that he cannot defend himself while also facing murder and weapons charges in the murder of Odin Lloyd.  Bradley testified in the grand jury investigation of Lloyd’s death, but testimony is secret, so what he said is not known.  One of Bradley’s lawyers has asserted that the grand jury wanted to relate Hernandez’s behavior to Lloyd’s murder.

Hernandez’s lawyers state “it is beyond any reasonable contention that the issues in Bristol County (Massachusetts)…overlap those of this case.”

In court papers, Hernandez maintains it would be difficult to adequately defend himself simultaneously in a civil and criminal proceeding from his jail cell.  His lawyers additionally argue that if he were asked to answer questions in the civil proceeding he would have to invoke the Fifth Amendment because of his ongoing criminal proceeding.  In some jurisdictions, invoking the Fifth Amendment in civil proceedings can be taken as an admission of guilt, which is not what they are doing.

Hernandez is next expected to appear in court Friday in Fall River, Massachusetts, for arraignment.

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