Blog Posts in January, 2015

  • Opening Statements: What to Expect as the Hernandez Trial Kicks Off

    Now that it appears that jury selection is almost complete in Fall River in the Odin Lloyd murder case involving former NE Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez ( Commonwealth v. Hernandez, No . BRCR2013-00983) and Opening Statements are nigh — that is if we all survive another "storm of the century" around here, I thought it might be helpful to share some insight on Opening Statements for those not ...
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  • FOX 25: Tsarnaev lawyers make 3rd request to move trial outside Boston

    Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston [Boston criminal defense attorney Brad Bailey joined FOX 25’s Daniel Miller outside the federal courthouse in Boston to discuss the ongoing jury selection in the Boston Marathon Bombing trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.] BOSTON ( MyFoxBoston.com ) — Defense lawyers for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev made a third push to move his trial out of state Thursday. Just ...
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  • Unlike a ball toted by LaGarret Blount, let's not get too carried away over Deflate-gate Accusations

    At the risk of confirming I do have a life outside my six or seven day work week as a state and federal criminal defense lawyer in Boston, I admit it; I am a longtime, unabashed, New England Patriots fan; indeed, a rabid one. As such, I have been deeply disappointed to see two hard-fought/well-earned Pats playoff victories tarnished, and seemingly tainted, by the so-called "Deflate-gate" ...
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  • WBUR: Several Potential Jurors Appear To Pass Round In Boston Bombing Panel Selection

    In this courtroom sketch, Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, left, is depicted beside U.S. District Judge George O'Toole Jr., right, as O'Toole addresses a pool of potential jurors at the federal courthouse in Boston. (Jane Flavell Collins, AP) Boston criminal defense attorney Brad Bailey joined WBUR’s David Boeri for this story. Brad has extensive experience with jury selection, ...
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  • Sidebar: Discussing the BBLawg from 1/19/15

    Jr. Associate: Did you read the BBLawg yesterday about the Black Lives Matter protest on I-93 last week? Sr. Partner: You know I never miss a BBLawg entry... Jr.: I know it's a hypothetical exercise, but I was particularly interested in the part about the charges the protesters could have been facing... I'm not sure I agree with Attorney Bailey's assessment about reckless endangerment - there is ...
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  • Black Lives Matter, But So Do Commuters': From Concrete to Cuffs For I-93 Protesters?

    If you regularly drive into Boston like me, you may have found yourself stuck in traffic much longer than usual this past Thursday morning. Heading in the opposite direction from north of Boston for a murder arraignment in Salem that morning, I was one of the lucky ones. But the gridlocked traffic on the other side of the divider on 93 South sure got my attention. It didn't take long for me learn ...
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  • FOX 25: Juror questionnaire released in Hernandez murder case

    Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston Boston Criminal Defense Attorney Brad Bailey – a former state prosecutor – shared with FOX 25 his expertise on juror questionnaires and their role in jury selection for the murder trial of former Patriot Aaron Hernandez.
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  • Fox 25: Juror questionnaire in Aaron Hernandez trial asks about racial, tattoo bias

    Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston ( MyFoxBoston.com ) — In a newly released document for the Aaron Hernandez murder trial in Bristol County, the questionnaire posed to prospective jurors includes questions about race, marijuana, tattoos and the New England Patriots. Prospective jurors are not only asked about their familiarity with the case, but whether they hold prejudices ...
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  • FOX 25: Potential jurors in Hernandez case may be asked if they’re Pats fans

    Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston BOSTON ( MyFoxBoston.com ) — The murder trial of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez began Friday with jury selection and Fox 25’s Ted Daniel was in the courtroom. The first 375 potential jurors reported to Boston for the State vs. Aaron Hernandez case. No cameras were allowed in the courtroom to protect their identities. ...
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  • FOX 25: Potential jurors arrive for first day of Aaron Hernandez murder case

    Boston News, Weather, Sports | FOX 25 | MyFoxBoston Criminal defense attorney and legal analyst Brad Bailey shared his expectations for jury selection in the now underway Aaron Hernandez trial with FOX 25’s Ted Daniels. The former Patriots tight end is charged with the murder of semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd. Criminal defense attorney and legal analyst Brad Bailey shared his expectations for ...
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  • Tale of the tape: Commonwealth v. Aaron Hernandez I

    So Round 1 of Commonwealth v. Aaron Hernandez gets underway today. I'm using the boxing term deliberately. First, it is literally the first of two murder trials the former Patriots tight end is facing — sort of like starting out in the frying pan (Odin Lloyd murder) before jumping straight into the fire (Furtado and Abreu murders, i.e., Commonwealth v. Hernandez II). Second, his initial trial in ...
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  • Boston Herald: Aaron Hernandez Defense to Blitz Prosecution

    By Bob McGovern Friday, January 9, 2015 Aaron Hernandez lost everything - the fans, the paycheck, his superstar status - but there's no guarantee he'll lose his freedom for the murder of Odin L. Lloyd. It's a case based entirely on circumstantial evidence, and it's going to be a dogfight. There's no weapon connecting Hernandez to Lloyd's death. A series of rulings have whittled down the list of ...
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  • Quotable: NECN – Trial Could Shed Light on Accused Boston Bomber’s Motives

    Defense likely to try to show Dzhokhar Tsarnaev manipulated by brother By Noreen O’Donnell Twenty months after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev crawled out of a boat in a backyard in Watertown, Massachusetts, bloodied after a shoot-out with police that killed his older brother, the now 21-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings is to go on trial. Jury selection in the federal death penalty case began ...
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  • Tsarnaev Jury Selection/Voir Dire: If It's All Greek French to You, Let Me Explain

    I've been talking a lot on television and to the print media about United States v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev , No. 13-cr-10200, the domestic terrorism/death penalty case just underway in United States District Court in Boston. No surprise there; from the number of satellite trucks parked outside the federal courthouse in South Boston it seems just about everyone is. For all the talking, though, it seems ...
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  • Criminal Defense Expert Brad Bailey Appears on CNN to Discuss Marathon Bombing Trial

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  • MA Lawyers Weekly: With 'big' trials stacking up, legal pundits are ready for the action

    By: Brandon Gee January 1, 2015 The federal death penalty trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and the state murder trial of former New England Patriots tight-end Aaron Hernandez are sure to grab their share of daily headlines once they commence on Jan. 5 and 9, respectively. The media's search for competent and compelling commentators to analyze such cases frequently leads to ...
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  • FOX 25: Judge won’t delay jury selection in Tsarnaev trial

    Posted: Jan 02, 2015 11:59 AM EST Updated: Jan 03, 2015 11:50 AM EST BOSTON () — The trial of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to begin Monday. Judge George O’Toole said that will hundreds of potential jurors reporting to federal court next week, it’s too late to turn back now. Defense attorney Brad Bailey is a former federal prosecutor, and says about 1,200 ...
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  • 2015: A Year Like No Other for Massachusetts Juries

    There are hundreds of millions of reasons why 2015 should be a bright, happy, and interesting new year for so many people. Time will only tell whether it turns out to be so. However, when it comes to 2015, one thing is absolutely certain. For trial watchers, CSI junkies, and courtroom cowboys, this year is likely to be like no other in the annals of Massachusetts criminal jurisprudence. Indeed, ...
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