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Aaron Hernandez estate loses in legal battle with company that recorded jailhouse telephone calls

A Suffolk Superior Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed by the estate of Aaron Hernandez against the company that records telephone calls made by detainees at the Suffolk County Jail in Boston.

Hernandez’s lawyers had argued in court papers that Securus Technologies was financially liable because someone used a company password to access phone conversations the former New England Patriot had with his girlfriend while jailed in Boston.

The company responded in court filings that its contract was with the Suffolk County sheriff’s department, not Hernandez personally, and therefore the lawsuit should be dismissed. Superior Court Judge Helene Kazanjian agreed with the company and this week ordered the case dismissed.

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Hernandez was held at the Boston jail while awaiting trial for a 2012 double murder. Five days after his acquittal in that case, he commited suicide in a state prison where he was serving a life sentence for murdering Odin L. Lloyd in North Attleborough in 2013.

John R. Ellement can be reached at ellement@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @JREbosglobe.