Aaron Hernandez: A Lawyer’s Take

Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez entered a plea of “not guilty” on Friday, September 6 when he was arraigned on a murder charge in Fall River’s Bristol Superior Court. The ensuing legal battle is expected to be an intense one, as jurors hear testimony in the state’s case that alleges Hernandez killed Odin Lloyd in early summer. The twenty-three year old spoke for himself while entering his plea. Although his attorneys have agreed for Hernandez to be held without bail for now, CBS Boston explains that the defense team has reserved the right to ask for bail at a later date. Hernandez is next scheduled to appear in court on October 9 for a pre-trial conference.

Hernandez was indicted by a grand jury in Massachusetts last month for the fatal shooting of Lloyd, who was also a semi-pro football player. The twenty-seven year old Lloyd had been dating the sister of the Hernandez’s girlfriend. Lloyd’s girlfriend sat with the victims’ family at the arraignment, while her sister, Hernandez’s girlfriend sat on the opposite side of the courtroom with the mother of the accused. There were also five other gun charges alleged in the indictment.

Criminal Defense Lawyer

According to Boston defense attorney Stephen J Weymouth, it could take from 18 months to 2 years for the case to actually go to trial. During this time period, the prosecutors will be expected to hand over all of their evidence to the defense. The defense may in turn try to get as much of that evidence as possible excluded from the trial. In order to do so, they would need constitutional backing or witnesses who could dispute the claims of the prosecutors. Because of this, it is important to hire a good criminal lawyer as soon as possible if you have been accused of a crime. Weymouth does feel that Hernandez’s status as a millionaire will give him more financial freedom than he would have with a court-appointed attorney.

Cases such as this are prime examples of the reason it so important for those accused of heavy crimes in Massachusetts to look for a good Revere lawyer. Although a court-appointed attorney may do his or her best to defend their client in a court room, one needs the best when their life and livelihood is at stake. If you or someone you love has found themselves in need of a good Revere Criminal Lawyer, give Deborah Gold-Alexander a call today so she can get right to work on your case.

Suffolk Downs Revere Developments

With a tally of 11 to 0 the City Council of Revere, Massachusetts voted in favor of allowing the proposed $1B resort and casino racetrack to go forward at Suffolk Downs. According to Boston.com, the council members cited millions of dollars in gambling revenues, along with new job opportunities and much needed traffic improvements as their reason for the approval. The post went on to share Ward One Councilor Richard A Penta’s words, “The bottom line is dollars. I’m all in,” as well as Councilor at large Jessica Ann Gannino’s explanation, “It’s a solid agreement. It’s written very well. It’s up to all of us to figure out the pros and cons.”

New Developments in Revere

The agreement comes after the information as released back in August of just how much this proposal could mean for Boston and its surrounding cities. An estimated $32M per year in revenues would come into Boston alone, with at least four thousand new jobs. The city would also receive a $33.4M upfront payment under an agreement which was signed in August by Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino.  If the casino is exceptionally profitable, the Boston Globe explains that the benefits of the deal could go up to at least $52M for the city each year, with the resort grossing as much as a billion annually.

For Revere, the proposal could bring in as much as $30M in traffic improvements for both state and local roads. The agreement also requires that the casino and resort buys $7.5M worth of goods and services from Revere each year, and gives at least ten percent of its new jobs to Revere residents.

Are you ready for Casino Business?

Suffolk Downs has asked both Revere and Boston to schedule their casino referendum votes on the 5th of November, which is the same day as Boston’s mayoral election. Unless the project is endorsed by a host community at a referendum, Suffolk Downs and Caesars Entertainment cannot win the license, under Massachusetts law. Since Suffolk Downs sits right on the line between Boston and Revere, both communities will take part in the vote. There must be a 60 to 90 day campaign before the vote, also according to Massachusetts law. Mayors from both cities have already signed agreements with the track which outline the terms that must be met for each of them. Other competitors for the license include Wynn Resorts, who has proposed to build in Everett, and Foxwoods, who wishes to build in Milford. Although Foxwoods is not expected to win their referendum vote until later this fall, Wynn has already won their vote. Anyone who may be considering doing business with the casino should contact Lawyer Deborah Gold-Alexander.

Mayor of Revere Signs Casino Deal With Suffolk Downs

According to a report from the Boston Globe, Boston Mayor Thomas M Menino has signed a casino deal with Suffolk Downs that will bring an estimated $32M a year in revenue, and at least 4,000 jobs. The city will receive approximately $33.4M upfront, according to the report. Although the provisions will not be quite as large for the city of Revere, Mayor Dan Rizzo, has signed a similar agreement with Suffolk Down for his city as well.

Great News Revere

As a result of a barrage of last minute negotiations, Mayor Rizzo gave his assent to the agreement which will be posted this week online. If Suffolk Downs wins the Greater Boston Casino lottery, the city of Revere will reap great benefits from their Mayor’s agreement. City Director of Economic Development, John Festa explained that the city of Revere would gain an estimated $15M annually, with a guaranteed yearly payment of $4.25 M to $9M, even if the casino and resort does not meet the projected expectations. Revere will receive a one time upfront payment of $16M.

Revere Lawyer Can Help!

Back in August, Mayor Rizzo shared with the Boston Globe that the jobs which would be created by the proposed billion dollar Suffolk Downs racetrack and casino would be a major lure for the city. He added, “I really do believe the jobs alone could cut our unemployment rate in half.” The Daily Item listed Revere as one of nine North Boston suburbs which were “poised for an economic boom.” Greg Bialecki, the Secretary of Housing and Economic Development for Massachusetts spent over 4 months touring the North Boston suburbs to determine which areas were most likely ready for an economic explosion. He feels that Revere is among those cities that are right on the verge of not only a housing boom, but a business boom as well.

The agreement with the city of Revere has been in the works for several months. Suffolk Downs, along with its partner, Caesars Entertainment has proposed a $1B resort and casino at the track, which would be located on the city line between Revere and Boston. Others who are competing in the lottery for the resort license includes Wynn Resorts, which is attempting to build in Everett, and Foxwoods, who would place their business in Milford. The winner will be chosen at the beginning of next year.  Contact us today for a free consultation:  (781) 289-4235.