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Skakel Conviction - PR push for review heats up



It's six years after the Michael Skakel conviction for the 1975 Greenwich, Connecticut murder of Martha Moxley. There have been a number of rejected appeals to CT Superior/State, federal, and the U.S. Supreme courts for a review or new trial. One was filed by former U.S. Solicitor General Theodore Olson. But there could be new legal developments as the public relations push on behalf of Skakel's innocence heats up.

For example, tonight on ABC, the issue of newly discovered evidence received national attention on "48 Hours Mystery," reinforced on the local CT news. Michael's brother Steven and cousin Robert Kennedy Jr. are leading this campaign.

Among the new evidence is the alleged presence of two Bronx teenagers, one African-American and one Caucasian, in Greenwhich the night of the murder. According to a statement by their then peer Tony Bryant, their goal was to take a girl "caveman style," that is, accosting her in order to have sex. It is claimed they found golf clubs, one of which was a murder weapon, in the Skakel yard.

Steven and Robert are also critical of the defense conducted by Greenwich celebrity attorney Mickey Sherman and the "overzealous" prosecution by Jonathan Benedict. A review or new trial might not be their only objective. Skakel is up for parole in 2013.

 

 


Isaac Gorodetski
Project Manager,
Center for Legal Policy at the
Manhattan Institute
igorodetski@manhattan-institute.org

Katherine Lazarski
Press Officer,
Manhattan Institute
klazarski@manhattan-institute.org

 

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