Alexander Bradley, an admitted drug dealer and former friend of Aaron Hernandez, had better act fast if he wants to keep his lawsuit against police in Florida alive.
Bradley is suing the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office in federal court in Florida, claiming police violated his privacy rights by providing CNN with photos of him recovering in a West Palm Beach hospital after Hernandez allegedly shot him in the face in February 2013.
The images later aired in a CNN documentary about Hernandez.
In a court filing Monday, US District Judge Kenneth A. Marra wrote that Bradley has failed to respond to the sheriff’s office’s motion to dismiss the suit, and he would grant the dismissal unless Bradley’s lawyers responded within seven days.
“It is within this Court’s discretion to grant the motion by default,” Marra wrote.
The hospital and CNN were previously dismissed as defendants in the suit.
Bradley was the star prosecution witness in Hernandez’s double-murder trial earlier this year, testifying that he watched as the former New England Patriots star killed Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in a 2012 drive-by shooting in Boston. He also said Hernandez later shot him in South Florida.
Hernandez was acquitted on charges of killing de Abreu and Furtado. He was also cleared of witness intimidation for the alleged shooting of Bradley.
But several days after the acquittal, Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell, where he had been serving a life term for the killing of Odin Lloyd of Boston.
Bradley had also sued Hernandez in Florida over the alleged shooting in that state. The two ultimately settled. Terms weren’t disclosed.
A judge vacated Hernandez’s conviction in the Lloyd case after the suicide due to a legal technicality. The action was required by state law because Hernandez hadn’t yet exhausted his appeals. Bristol County prosecutors are challenging that decision.
Separately, Hernandez’s estate faces wrongful-death lawsuits from the families of Lloyd, de Abreu, and Furtado.