I'm not sure of Massachusetts law, but I thought
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The cruelest irony is that because of Hernandez's death
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That once he had been sentenced, then it became a conviction. Maybe the fact that the appeal was pending meant that the conviction wasn't yet final.
Ken Lay, who died after he was found guilty but before he was sentenced, is perhaps a textbook example of a conviction being vacated due to death.
The legal rule in Massachusetts is called abatement
Ken Lay isn't dead.
Supposedly only one person saw Lay's body after he died.
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