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1A week af­ter one-time Na­tional Football League star Aaron Her­nan­dez killed him­self in his prison cell, lawyers asked a Mas­sachusetts judge to va­cate his 2015 con­vic­tion for mur­der­ing an ac­quain­tance. In ad­di­tion to clear­ing Her­nan­dez’s name, the le­gal move, at the be­hest of his fam­ily in­clud­ing his girl­friend, Shayanna Jenk­ins Her­nan­dez, could help pro­tect his es­tate from li­a­bil­ity in civil law­suits filed by the sur­vivors of his al­leged vic­tims. The fil­ing, made on Tues­day at Mas­sachusetts Su­pe­rior Court in Fall River, is based on a quirk of Mas­sachusetts law that al­lows a court to re­verse a ver­dict if the per­son con­victed dies be­fore he has ex­hausted his ap­peals process.

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