A Bristol Superior Court judge ordered copies of the suicide notes of Aaron Hernandez to be released to his family after attorney George Leontire filed a motion Monday morning for the family to “know their loved one’s final thoughts” prior to his funeral Monday afternoon.

Aaron Hernandez's suicide notes have been released to his family. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Aaron Hernandez’s suicide notes have been released to his family. (Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A Bristol Superior Court judge ordered copies of the suicide notes of Aaron Hernandez to be released to his family after attorney George Leontire filed a motion Monday morning for the family to “know their loved one’s final thoughts” prior to his funeral Monday afternoon.

Speaking to reporters, via the Boston Globe, Leontire said having access to copies of the notes is a “necessary as part of the grieving process.”

Leontire wrote to the court, “the family has the right, during this grieving process, to know their loved one’s final thoughts” and that Shayanna Jenkins Hernandez had legal standing to demand them as the personal representative of his estate.

The notes reportedly were written to Jenkins Hernandez and their four-year-old daughter. There was a third note, but who that was written to has not been confirmed.

Hernandez’s private funeral is being held Monday afternoon in his hometown of Bristol, Connecticut.

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Ryan Hannable
Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are scheduled to attend the Kentucky Derby. (Jamie Rhodes/USA Today Sports)

The Kentucky Derby will once again have several current and former Patriots in attendance.

The Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala, the premier gala at the Derby, has released its celebrity guest list. Some notables include: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Wes Welker, Matt Cassel, Mike Vrabel and Larry Izzo.

Brady has been attending the event for years and it appears he will be linking up with some old teammates and good friends.

Other celebrities on the list include Bill Belichick’s good friend Kid Rock, Tracy Morgan, Katie Couric and Aaron Rodgers.

The Derby is set for May 6.

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Ryan Hannable

The Patriots will likely have one of the best cornerback duos in the league next season.

Don't expect Malcolm Butler to be going anywhere. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

Don’t expect Malcolm Butler to be going anywhere. (Michael Madrid/USA Today Sports)

The Patriots will likely have one of the best cornerback duos in the league next season.

According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, the Saints and Butler have agreed on a long-term contract that would make him among the highest-paid cornerbacks in the game, but all sides believe a trade is improbable at this point. The Patriots are said to be wanting more than the Saints are willing to give up.

Butler will now likely team up with Stephon Gilmore as the two corners in the Patriots secondary.

The 27-year-old visited the Saints as a restricted free agent, but the Patriots control his rights since he signed his tender and thus control where he goes.

Of course it’s still possible a deal happens if the Patriots lower their demands or the Saints change what they are offering, but at this point it doesn’t seem like a deal will be happening.

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Ryan Hannable
Aaron Hernandez's death was ruled a suicide last week. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

Aaron Hernandez’s death was ruled a suicide last week. (Keith Bedford/The Boston Globe)

When following the Aaron Hernandez double-murder trial, it was impossible to not consider the life sentence the disgraced ex-NFL star was already serving for the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd. But multiple members of the jury were unaware of his violent past.

In an interview with the Boston Globe, jury forewoman Lindsey Stringer said she only learned about the Lloyd conviction in an informal post-trial conversation with Suffolk Superior Court Judge Jeffrey A. LockeA technology director in her mid-30s who relocated to Boston four years ago, she was “vaguely aware” of Hernandez, but couldn’t place him. Jurors are prohibited from reading media coverage about their case or talking about their work.

“Jurors are basically living two different lives,” Stringer told the Globe. “There’s your life at the courthouse, where you’re under intense scrutiny from everyone all the time while you’re there, and then you go home to your regular life and you can’t talk about anything. ‘How was your day?’ ‘Umm . . . fine.’ ”

When the trial ended, Stringer found out several of her peers didn’t know about Hernandez’s first-degree murder conviction, either. It’s likely Hernandez’s attorneys didn’t want those with strong feelings against their client to serve on the jury, which would explain why many jurors were ignorant of his criminal record. The selection process to sit on the jury consisted of a 52-question survey, which asked respondents what they thought of people with tattoos or folks who frequent night clubs.

The prosecution’s case largely rested on Alexander Bradley, a flawed witness who’s serving a prison sentence for shooting up a club in Hartford. Bradley claims Hernandez shot him in the eye during an altercation in February 2013 –– seven months after Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado were murdered in Boston.

Stringer, who stresses the jury didn’t declare Hernandez was “innocent,” said it was difficult to believe Bradley’s version of events. The prosecution offered him immunity to testify against Hernandez, and there were several inconsistencies in his story.

“Then and now, it’s very difficult to sort through what the actual truth is of the matter,” she said. “I’m a person who might be really naive, but I really wanted to believe that every person coming through that courtroom as a witness was telling the truth. … And I don’t think that was the case for several witnesses. But I’ll never know.”

The defense repeatedly attacked Bradley’s character, saying he was the one who pulled the trigger in the drive-by shooting. The case appeared to resonate with members of the jury, who couldn’t agree on Hernandez’s level of involvement.

After the trial concluded, Stringer started to sift through the press coverage she was ordered to avoid. She hoped Hernandez would become a steady presence in his four-year-old daughter’s life, even if he remained behind bars. But those wishes were halted last week when she read about Hernandez’s suicide at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Shirley.

“It’s just very sad and tragic, and I really just pray for the Furtado and de Abreu families and for Aaron’s daughter,” she said.

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Alex Reimer

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With the NFL draft coming later this week, certainly rumors are bound to surface, but Adam Schefter continues to dig in — Jimmy Garoppolo is not getting traded.

Adam Schefter continues to stand by his report that Jimmy Garoppolo will not be dealt. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Adam Schefter continues to stand by his report that Jimmy Garoppolo will not be dealt. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

With the NFL draft coming later this week, certainly rumors are bound to surface, but Adam Schefter continues to dig in — Jimmy Garoppolo is not getting traded.

On Sunday night Schefter tweeted: Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going anywhere. His name continues to surface in trade rumors and speculation – not happening.

The week of the NFL combine in late February Schefter said Garoppolo will not be traded and has stood by it ever since. While it is nothing new, the timing is somewhat interesting. In all likelihood, the Patriots have received a number of offers as the draft approaches and this is Schefter’s way of telling everyone it simply will not happen.

While it seems unlikely the Patriots will not pick in the first or second round, as they don’t have a first or second-round pick, it seems almost certain they will not move up because of a Garoppolo trade.

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Ryan Hannable