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Unnecessary Roughness : Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez - Jose Baez

Unnecessary Roughness

Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez

By: Jose Baez, Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez (Foreword by), George Willis (As told to)

Hardcover Published: 21st August 2018
ISBN: 9781602866072
Number Of Pages: 288

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The revelatory inside story of the trial and final days of New England Patriots superstar Aaron Hernandez, by his attorney and New York Times bestselling author Jose Baez.

When renowned defense attorney Jose Baez received a request for representation from Aaron Hernandez, the disgraced Patriots tight-end was already serving a life sentence for murder. Defending him in a second, double-murder trial seemed like a lost cause - but Baez accepted the challenge, and their partnership culminated in a dramatic courtroom victory, a race to contest his first conviction, and ultimately a tragedy, when Aaron took his own life days after his acquittal.

This riveting, closely-observed account of Aaron's life and final year is the only book based on countless intimate conversations with Aaron, and told from the perspective of a true insider. Written with the support of Hernandez's fiance, Unnecessary Roughness takes readers inside the high-profile trial, offering a dramatic retelling of the race to obtain key evidence that would exonerate Hernandez, and later play a critical role in appealing his first conviction.

With revelations about Aaron's personal life that weren't shared at trial, and an exploration of the Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy diagnosis revealed by his autopsy, Jose Baez's Unnecessary Roughness is a startling courtroom drama and an unexpected portrait of a fallen father, fiance, and teammate.

About the Authors

Jose Baez is one of the most sought-after attorneys in the country. He first gained national attention by successfully defending Casey Anthony in what became one of the nation's most sensational trials; his Presumed Guilty: Casey Anthony: The Inside Story was a national bestseller in 2012. Baez is the founder of The Baez Law Firm, and handles high-profile cases across the country. He lives in Miami, Florida.

An award-winning journalist, George Willis is a general sports columnist at the New York Post, where he has written extensively about the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, golf, professional boxing, and mixed martial arts. He previously worked at the New York Times, Newsday, and the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Willis is the author of The Bite Fight: Tyson Holyfield and the Night That Changed Boxing Forever. He lives in New Jersey.

Industry Reviews

"In Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez, the attorney who got Hernandez acquitted of a 2012 double murder squashes the rumor about the jailhouse letters, sheds fascinating new details about Hernandez's trade request to Bill Belichick, and describes Hernandez's final days as an inmate and later suicide victim." - The Boston Globe

"Jose Baez... shares his unique insight." - Good Morning America

"[Unnecessary Roughness] features fascinating new details about Hernandez's life and final days leading up to his suicide." - BroBible

"This new book asks a lot of questions. Questions about [Aaron's] sexuality. Questions about his friends... [W]hat did the Patriots know about Hernandez's past, and when did they know it? There seems little question he loved the Patriots... Aaron Hernandez-the New England kid who... paid a very high price for those football dreams of his." - The Providence Journal

"A compelling read." - New York Sports Day

"One of the best-known criminal-defense lawyers in America... The man who knows Aaron Hernandez's secrets." - Esquire

Foreword - ix

1. The Beginning or the End - 1
2. F*ck Yeah! - 8
3. Blood in Boston - 16
4. Magical Monday and the Luck of the Irish - 26
5. The Not So Anonymous Call - 34
6. A Video Game Called Motive - 46
7. Making of a Murder Weapon - 56
8. Weekend at Bernie's - 67
9. Eye Phone - 77
10. Sharrod the Shooter - 90
11. Trapping a Rat - 106
12. Patriot Games - 114
13. Who Shot Odin Lloyd? - 127
14. Prison Life - 137
15. Family Matters - 146
16. Would You Please Convict If There's No Evidence? - 160
17. Independent and Not So Independent Witnesses - 170
18. The Street Sweeper - 180
19. Marinating the Jury - 190
20. Desperate Measures - 206
21. Tears behind the Glass - 213
22. WTF? - 227
23. The Battle for the Brain - 235
24. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy - 244

Acknowledgments - 259
Index - 261

ISBN: 9781602866072
ISBN-10: 1602866074
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 21st August 2018
Publisher: Hachette Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.45