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Aaron Hernandez lawyers seek jail phone data

December 1, 2016 GMT

Attorneys representing Aaron Hernandez are asking for all information about how his jailhouse calls were improperly accessed as he was awaiting his first murder trial — a motion filed on the heels of a suit by the former New England Patriot against the company that operates the inmates’ phones at the Suffolk County Jail.

Citing a Herald report from October, Hernandez’s defense team has asked for all information “related to the breach of the defendant’s telephone security while he was held in detention by the Commonwealth” in a motion filed Monday.

Hernandez’s jailhouse phone calls were accessed by an unknown person while he was behind bars, according to authorities. That security breach was never relayed to prosecutors or his current defense team.

The unauthorized access into a telephone database operated by Dallas-based Securus Technologies occurred during the summer of 2014, soon after Hernandez was transferred to Boston while awaiting trial for the Bristol County murder of former semi-pro football player Odin L. Lloyd, according to authorities.

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The Suffolk District Attorney declined comment, and the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office referred to previous statements it made on the situation.

Hernandez’s defense team argues that there may have been attorney-client privilege violations. However, a spokesman for the Suffolk Sheriff’s Office told the Herald in October that it did not record conversations between attorneys and their clients.

In a separate criminal motion, Hernandez’s attorneys have asked that a cellphone be thrown out as evidence in his upcoming Suffolk double-murder trial. They argue that authorities obtained information regarding the cellphone by “piercing the attorney-client privilege” between Hernandez and one of his former attorneys, Brian Murphy.

In text messages on the cellphone, Hernandez’s former friend, Alexander Bradley, threatened to sue the former Pro Bowl tight end for allegedly shooting him in the face, according to court documents. Aside from the Boston double homicide, Hernandez, who was convicted of Lloyd’s murder, is charged with witness intimidation for allegedly shooting Bradley in 2013 in Florida out of fear that he would implicate him in the homicides.