The Baez Law Firm

Baez said he has never lost a first- or second-degree murder case out of 11 that have gone to trial. He attributes his success to his ability to relate to jurors from all walks of life.

“I was raised to treat the janitor with as much respect as you treat the CEO. The reason for that is simple,” he said. “My mother WAS the janitor, she WAS the maid. She had a 6th-grade education, came here from Puerto Rico and supported four children on her own, without any help from anyone.”

Baez’s brash approach has sometimes angered prosecutors. In the Hernandez trial, the defense suggested that the victims may have been involved in drugs and gangs, and that the real killer’s motive was a failed drug deal. A medical examiner testified that there were drugs in the system of one of the victims.

After the acquittal, prosecutor Daniel Conley said portraying the victims that way was unnecessary.

Baez’s work didn’t result in freedom for Hernandez, who was already in prison for an earlier murder; Baez didn’t represent him in that trial. Five days after he was acquitted, Hernandez was dead of an apparent suicide in his prison cell.

Baez’s work for his client didn’t end there.

The next day, he claimed the state medical examiner was illegally withholding Hernandez’s brain, preventing his family from donating it to research. State officials denied Baez’s claim and said they held onto Hernandez’s brain only during an autopsy.

Release Letter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: June 8, 2016

STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF AARON HERNANDEZ

I can now confirm that my firm has been retained to represent Mr. Aaron Hernandez in his upcoming trial. Mr. Hernandez strongly maintains his innocence, and I plan to establish that before a jury of his peers.

I have fully committed myself to ensuring a fair and just trial for Mr. Hernandez. To accomplish this, I have assembled the best legal team in the country to serve as co-counsel. The legal team will consist of me, as lead counsel, Harvard Law Professor and criminal law expert Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., renowned criminal defense lawyer and trial expert Alex Spiro, and forensic science expert Linda Kenny Baden.

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