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Conn. Files to Bar Skakel Bail

September 19, 2002|From Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. — State prosecutors filed a motion Wednesday opposing another attempt by lawyers of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel to get him freed on bond during an appeal of his murder conviction.

After Skakel was sentenced last month to 20 years to life for the 1975 beating death of Martha Moxley, his defense team requested that he be released on bond while his appeal was pending.

Judge John F. Kavanewsky Jr. denied that request, and Skakel's defense team filed a motion for review of the denial.

The state filed a motion Wednesday opposing the latest request.

The state said it agrees with Kavanewsky that the terms of Skakel's appeal are governed by the current state law, and not the law that was in effect when Moxley was killed.

The law now does not allow a convicted murderer to be freed on bond during an appeal.

Skakel was convicted June 7.

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