Aaron Hernandez

Courthouse bans NFL gear during Hernandez trial


In this May 28, 2104, file photo, former New England Patriots footballplayer Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez's lawyers want a judge to transfer the him to a jail closer to Boston, citing safety and other concerns. In a request filed Friday, June 20, 2014, his Boston-based attorneys say they have to travel too far to meet him at the Bristol County jail. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool, File

In this May 28, 2104, file photo, former New England Patriots footballplayer Aaron Hernandez is led into the courtroom to be arraigned on homicide charges at Suffolk Superior Court in Boston. Hernandez’s lawyers want a judge to transfer the him to a jail closer to Boston, citing safety and other concerns. In a request filed Friday, June 20, 2014, his Boston-based attorneys say they have to travel too far to meet him at the Bristol County jail. (AP Photo/Dominick Reuter, Pool, File

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — The Massachusetts judge overseeing former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez’s murder trial has banned all NFL gear from the courthouse once the trial starts.

Superior Court Judge Susan Garsh’s order, released Monday, says people will not be allowed inside the Fall River Justice Center if they’re wearing or carrying clothing, buttons or other objects that include the name or images of the NFL, Patriots or “football-related insignia.”

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to murder in the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating the sister of Hernandez’s fiancee. Jury selection in the trial starts Jan. 9.

The judge also said 20 seats will be set aside for each day of trial for members of the public to attend.

Source: AP

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