Thursday, August 1, 2013

Aaron Hernandez should pay for this (literally)

For three days I've watched ESPN's coverage of police divers searching a pond in Bristol, CT for Aaron Hernandez's murder weapon.  That got me thinking about how much this investigation is costing; the divers are probably thousands of dollars a day, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.  After he's found guilty, Hernandez should get a bill from the State of Massachusetts for "processing fees" totaling all the expenses of putting him in jail.  And then if he still has any assets left, they ought to be seized too.  What does a guy spending life in prison need any money for?

What about his family, you ask?  I realize he's got a fiancee and a 9-month-old daughter, but to them I say "too bad."  Maybe set up a trust for the child that rations out a small amount of money to make sure she's fed and clothed properly.  But other than that, I don't think they should get anything.  I assume Hernandez's baby mama is a functional human being who is capable of getting a job and earning a living, right?  Plenty of single mothers do it all the time.  I wouldn't view depriving her of Hernandez's earnings as taking something away, but as simply not rewarding her with a cushy lifestyle for getting engaged and having a kid with a NFL player who turned out to be a murderer.

Having said all that, I don't really know much of anything about Hernandez's financial situation, but I'm assuming/hoping there's a good chance his own legal defense fees may bleed him dry.

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