The Latest on a legal fight over former New England Patriots player

Aaron Hernandez's murder conviction after his death (all times
local):11:15 a.m.A Massachusetts prosecutor says it's unfair that the murder
conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was thrown
out just because he killed himself in prison before his appeal was heard.Bristol
County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III told Massachusetts' highest court
Thursday that the legal doctrine that erased Hernandez's conviction "makes no
sense" and needs to change.Quinn is urging the court to do away with the legal
principle under which courts dismiss the convictions of defendants who die
before their direct appeals can be heard.John Thompson ,
Hernandez's appellate attorney, told the Supreme Judicial Court there's nothing
wrong with the legal doctrine and that the alternatives floated by Quinn are
problematic.The court is expected to rule in the coming months.1:30 a.m.The
highest court in Massachusetts will consider whether the state should scrap a
legal principle that erased the murder conviction of Aaron Hernandez after the
former New England Patriots tight end killed himself in prison.At issue in the
case before the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday is a rule that holds that a
defendant who dies before an appeal is heard should no longer be considered
guilty in the eyes of the law.Prosecutors say it's unfair to victims and their
families to void the convictions of defendants like Hernandez. They say a
defendant's estate should be able to pursue an appeal if they wish or the
verdict should stand.Hernandez's lawyers are urging the court to keep the
practice in place.Hernandez killed himself last year after his acquittal in two
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