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

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

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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 fiancée, 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, fiancé, and teammate.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781602866065
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/21/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 162,820
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

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.

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Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book and finally the truth has been told
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Shocking details . Arron was framed couldnt remember. Had the brain injury . Wish Bias had represented Aaron from get go . Awful
AndiSklar More than 1 year ago
I started reading this book believing Aaron Hernandez was guilty. I'm from Boston and a huge Pats fan so the last thing I wanted to believe was that Aaron was capable of this but everything I heard in the news pointed to his guilt. I was one of the many people who believed that Aaron got annoyed over a spilled drink so he shot and killed 2 people - I figured he was just some lucky punk who felt untouchable but I've changed my mind after reading this book. I couldn't put this book down! Jose Baez really broke the case down and explained everything so well. It's unbelievable to me how the prosecution could put this man on trial with no real evidence. And I still can't get over the street sweeper!!!! What could have been such a beautiful life ended so tragically. Clearly Aaron Hernandez was in a lot of pain and is hopefully at peace now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will give clarity to the facts of this misunderstood case, and show the reader how Aaron suffered from a brain disease. Good writing.
kdriver08 More than 1 year ago
If you want a true portrayal of the life and last days of Aaron Hernandez, this is the book to get. From the moment, Aaron Hernandez was arrested in the summer of 2013, he was already found guilty by the NFL, the Patriots, the press, and the public. Jose Baez shows us a different side to what the media portrayed. Anyone that knew Aaron Hernandez (myself included) knew that while he was not perfect and had his faults (as we all do), he was a kind man with a gentle heart who adored his fiancé and beautiful little girl. His conviction in the Odin Lloyd trial was a testament to a failed justice system, and Baez can attest to the reasons why. Baez writes candidly about his friendship with Aaron and the support that he and his defense team provided to Aaron during that last year of his life. Aaron had CTE and Baez shows us the many signs that proved this. Before anyone judges Mr. Baez for writing this book, please remember that not only did Aaron encourage it, but the proceeds are all going to Aaron's daughter, Avielle.
Anonymous 24 days ago
This book is so amazing, I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous 11 months ago
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Unnecessary Roughness: Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez by Jose Baez I have liked the football player and when he was convicted of a crime I just shock my head no, they got it all wrong. So glad I was given this book to review. I live nearby the area and learned only things form the news as the trial went on-they had it all wrong. Wish they would've found out the facts before reporting false things. Story goes back in time to when he was young, going to college and going to NFL camp to get drafted. He was a very smart man and liked to hang out with the guys and also his girlfriend-at the time. Loved seeing the real pictures of his family-so touching and meaningful to me. His laywer, Jose dug into the reports and found so many inconsistencies and dug for the truth. liked how social media played a part: tattoo, guns, video camera footage, etc. Was sad when he was acquitted of the murder but didn't get released that night. Love words he lip spoke to his girl and his child at the court room scenes that they televised. Like how the music helped him and how he found God and the teachings in the Bible. I think that's what kept him going as long as he did. After all had left to go back home as it was Easter to find out the next day what happened. Wish mother and child well and hope she can recover some if not all his money that is owed him for her education and well being. He never should've been prosecuted there were so many errors in the trial and reports the police had collected. Wish he had hung around with a different crowd and he was till with us. Treasure his life and what they were able to find after that will help all humankind to better understand. Thank you so much Aaron, for the suffering you had to endure for the good of others. Love this book as it opened my eyes to what really happened to Aaron. This will be one of my top 10 books out of 600 this year. Received this review copy from Hachette Books and this is my honest opinion.