Former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez has hired Jose Baez, the lawyer who got Casey Anthony acquitted of the murder of her 2-year-old daughter Caylee.
Baez will head up the NFL player’s new defense team. Hernandez is currently appealing his 2015 murder conviction. He’s also awaiting a trial for a double homicide trial in Boston. He’s accused of shooting and killing two men in a drive-by shooting. He’s pleading not guilty.
Baez released a statement on Wednesday, announcing he’s trying to be the next Johnny Cochran:
“Mr. Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers,” Baez said in a statement. “I have fully committed myself to ensuring a fair and just trial for Mr. Hernandez.
“We understand that numerous reports of our client’s alleged activity have been published, but we ask the public to afford Mr. Hernandez the presumption of innocence and let the facts unfold in a court of law.”
Other high-profile lawyers on the case will include Harvard Law professor Ronald S. Sullivan Jr. and Alex Spiro, who represented NBA player Thabo Sefolosha in his legal issues with New York City Police Department and J.R. Smith.
Robert Kardashian Jr. was surprisingly not on the team.
Hernandez was convicted in the murder of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancée at the time. Hernandez was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. So, he really needs his appeal to workout.
A previous appeal made by a former representative has already been denied. The football player is serving a life sentence at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley, Mass.,
In recent court appearances, Hernandez seems to be sporting brand new prison gang tattoos.