FALL RIVER, Mass. – Aaron Hernandez, NFL star turned murder defendant, staked a considerable portion of his football fortune on hiring the best defense team he could.
In James Sultan, Charles Rankin and Michael Fee, he not only got skilled courtroom lawyers, but men who refused to overlook even the slightest possible disadvantage facing the former New England Patriots star in his murder case.
Consider that at the open and closing of each day here at Bristol Country Superior Court, a court officer hammers a gavel three times and says:
"Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye. All persons having anything to do before the Honorable, the Justice E. Susan Garsh, of the Superior Court, now sitting at Fall River, within and for the Commonwealth draw near. Give your attendance and you shall be heard."
He then concludes with the flowing statement:
"God save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts."
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It's often called “the Cry” and here in Massachusetts it dates back to the 1890s.
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