Attorneys spar during Aaron Hernandez civil hearing

Former Patriots tight end’s lawyer claims he’s running out of money

Brian Fraga Herald News Staff Reporter Posted May. 21, 2015 at 4:19 PM
Updated May 22, 2015 at 12:21 AM

NEW BEDFORD — A hearing Thursday in Aaron Hernandez’s wrongful death lawsuit in Bristol County turned uncivil, with attorneys sparring over each other’s professionalism. The hearing also brought about a revelation from Hernandez’s civil attorney: The former Patriots tight end is running out of money.

A week after Hernandez’s conviction for first-degree murder, attorney Douglas Sheff held a press conference in Boston with Ward. Sheff promised to call Hernandez to the witness stand in civil court, where the former New England Patriots star tight end would have to testify because he could not invoke a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Attorney Frank Federico, a partner at Sheff Law in Boston, took offense to Fitzpatrick’s criticisms. “We’re representing a family that has suffered a tragic loss. They don’t need the lawyer for the person who murdered the person to tell me how to do my job or tell my firm how to do my job. We know how to do our job. We’re looking out for the Lloyd family’s best interests. That’s what we’re trying to do here,” Federico said. “The allegations about distasteful, inappropriate comments that have been made by anyone in my office, I strongly deny that, for the record,” Federico added.

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