Don’t make thing worse -NFL edition

Once an investigation or official proceeding begins it is too late to start tidying things up. As you can see from the article below, MA State Police are expected to execute an arrest warrant for New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez for obstruction of justice in connection with a homicide investigation according to ABC News, 6-21-2013, Hernandez allegedly:

1. attempted to destroy his cellphone and video home security system,

2. engaged a cleaning service in his house, and

3. spoke with others who were with him at the time of the incident, telling them what to say (this may also involve another crime, subornation of perjury).

All states have an Obstruction of Justice statute. The Texsas Penal Code Sec. 37.09, TAMPERING WITH OR FABRICATING PHYSICAL EVIDENCE, states in part:

(a) A person commits an offense if, knowing that an investigation or official proceeding is pending or in progress, he:

(1) alters, destroys, or conceals any record, document, or thing with intent to impair its verity, legibility, or availability as evidence in the investigation or official proceeding; or

(2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent to affect the course or outcome of the investigation or official proceeding.

ESPN article

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