Unnecessary Roughness

Inside the Trial and Final Days of Aaron Hernandez

Jose Baez and Others
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Publisher Description

The New York Times bestseller: a 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.

August 21
Hachette Books
Hachette Digital, Inc.

Customer Reviews

Jacquie415 ,

Absolutely Excellent!!

I have never read a book faster in my life! Superbly written, Josè Baez sounds to be an amazing defense attorney! I could not put it down! Must read if you have any interest in the Aaron Hernandez case/cases. Shows how corrupt the state and police depts can be!! Fantastic read!

Maximenicole ,

Best representation of AAron thus far

From the moment I picked it up, to the moment I put it down. This was hands down the best version of AARON’s life that we’ve heard. Exquisite work, from opening statements to closing statements. As the reader we were really able to comprehend he was more than just a client to Jose, but a friend. The way you fought for him and his family says far more of whom you are, then just a lawyer.

I got the chills a lot towards the end of the book once Aaron has already passed, such a shame. I truly believe would you two have appealed the first case, it would’ve been over turner and he could’ve had a second chance at life.

However amazing work, from the interns, to your co council to his wife and of course You. I’m sure you guys couldn’t have done it without each other.

Yvette Her ,


Thank you for such an amazing eye opener

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