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Judge Orders Hernandez Documents To Be Released

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Case documents in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial may soon be available to the media. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.
Case documents in Aaron Hernandez's murder trial may soon be available to the media. Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images.

Bristol County District Judge Daniel O'Shea has ordered that all documents related to the Aaron Hernandez murder trial — search warrants, police affidavits and possible evidence — be made available to the public this afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Several media outlets — the Patriot Ledger, Taunton Daily Gazette and Associated Press — made a request for the documents to be made public. The lawyers for the media argued that "the press's (sic) ability to keep the public informed is premised in large part on open access to the court system and on its ability to examine and report on public documents."

However, Aaron Hernandez’s defense attorneys have opposed the motion, and may attempt to appeal the decision before they’re released this afternoon. They’ll need to act quickly if they hope to circumvent the documents from circulating to the media.

If the documents are made public, they could reveal all sorts of new information regarding the case. The police searched Hernandez’s home at least twice before he was arrested, and this information could give more insight into the case being built up against Hernandez.