Hernandez lawyers say prosecutors lifted passages from federal filing

Aaron Hernandez's lawyers have a beef with the words prosecutors are using in a filing.

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Lawyers for former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez are accusing Massachusetts prosecutors of lifting passages from a court filing by federal prosecutors arguing against moving the trial of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Hernandez’s lawyers are to argue in court Thursday that his trial be moved from Bristol County.

In an earlier filing, Bristol prosecutors questioned the reliability of a defense poll finding 7 in 10 Bristol County adults believe Hernandez is either definitely or probably guilty in the 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd. He has pleaded not guilty.

Hernandez’s lawyers said Wednesday prosecutors borrowed heavily, without attribution, from arguments federal prosecutors made against a defense poll in Tsarnaev’s case.

Prosecutors said they wouldn’t respond to "personal attacks," but said citing the same Supreme Court cases on the same legal issues is "standard practice."