On Wednesday Aaron Hernandez was found hanging in his cell in what has been deemed a suicide, just days after he was acquitted of two other murders. Now due to a legal principal called “abatement ab initio” Aaron Hernandez may technically become an innocent man of the convicted murder of Odin Lloyd in 2015.

Massachusetts observes “abatement ab initio”, which means if someone dies and has not exhausted their legal appeals, their case reverts to its initial phase and the slate is wiped clean.

So the legal mind wants to know: Does this technicality entitle the Hernandez estate to recover any of the millions that was previously guaranteed in his contract and withheld after his arrest by the Patriots? And to think his suicide comes on the same day that the Patriots were being honored at the white house. THE IRONY IS REAL.

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