The judge in the murder trial of former New England Patriots’ star Aaron Hernandez has thrown out evidence taken from cell phones and other electronic devices that were seized at Hernadez’s home.
State Troopers reportedly seized three iPads and two cell phones at the house after obtaining a search warrant that allowed them to look for one cell phone that Hernandez owned. The judge ruled they went too far when they took any devices they found.
Fred Tecce and Esther Panitch joined Jon Scott on Happening Now today to discuss this development and how it might affect the prosecution's case against Hernandez.
Tecce said that when the troopers saw the additional items in the home, they should have returned to the prosecutor and gotten another search warrant to seize those items.
Panitch said this hurts the prosecution's case, but to what degree depends on what other evidence there is.
"If this was their entire case, then it's a problem. But it doesn't sound like it's their entire case, so it may not be as big a deal as it sounds," she explained.
Panitch added that, "This is a win for the justice system, showing that the police, the government, is not above the law. If you are going to violate the Fourth Amendment, you are going to pay for it by not allowing the tainted evidence into the courtroom."
Watch the clip.