Aaron Hernandez's fiancee Shayanna Jenkins was the victim of abusive tactics by prosecutors pressuring her to provide information to help their case, her lawyer said this week.
Jenkins, 24, was indicted on a single charge of perjury last week. If she is convicted, she could face anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
"The government actions in this case are abusive and overreaching,'' attorney Janice Bassil told The Boston Globe. "I don't believe they have sufficient evidence.''
"I believe they are just simply trying to add pressure,'' she added. "They are trying to pressure her, but perhaps they are also trying to pressure him [Hernandez] through her.''
Gregg M. Miliote, a spokesman for Bristol District Attorney C. Samuel Sutte, said: "The individuals who voted on this indictment are citizens of the community. Her comments prior to any recitation of the facts in open court are an affront to the good work these citizens did in examining the evidence in the case.''
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