Charlie Pierce visits the Aaron Hernandez trial:
Of all the ways for us to be on camera, surveillance videos are by far the strangest. The stark, nearly soundless images bring us into a shadowy, covert, and ominous world. The surreptitious nature of the videos allows us an uncomfortable level of psychological complicity in the events being depicted. You sit there in Courtroom No. 7, in the Bristol County Superior Court in Fall River, Massachusetts. The screens all around the courtroom come to life, and you suddenly are on a dark street off Blue Hill Avenue in the neighborhood of Dorchester in Boston. A black cat scurries along the top of a chain-link fence, setting off lights that are rigged with motion sensors. The digital clock at the bottom of the images reads 2:30. It is the morning of June 17, 2013. The street is deserted. A car pulls up across the street. A man comes out of a house and gets into the car. That man is a 27-year-old semipro football player named Odin Lloyd, and these are the last public moments of his life, caught quite by accident, on cameras mounted on a neighbor’s front porch.
Two remarkable things to note:
- The trial is receiving almost no media coverage.
- Trial watchers now figure Hernandez is about an even bet to be acquitted.