October 24, 2013 |
In the world of criminals and the law, it is every felon's last plea: It's not my fault that I'm in jail, my lawyer messed up. Sometimes, the courts even agree. In Connecticut, a judge ruled in a famous murder case that celebrity lawyer Michael Sherman was ineffective in presenting a viable defense for Michael Skakel. Judge Thomas Bishop ordered a retrial of the Kennedy relative in the 1975 death of Greenwich, Conn., teenager Martha Moxley. The decision was released Wednesday.
October 23, 2013 |
Almost 40 years after a brutal slaying launched an investigation culminating in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's imprisonment, a Connecticut judge reversed his conviction Wednesday, saying the defense attorney had botched the job. And one of America's most notorious cold cases tumbled wide open. Martha Moxley, 15, was stabbed and bludgeoned to death in 1975 in Greenwich, Conn., a posh community about 35 miles northeast of New York City. Skakel, who lived next door at the time, was convicted in 2002 after a friend told authorities Skakel had confessed to him. In a 136-page ruling, Connecticut Judge Thomas Bishop ordered a new trial for Skakel and blasted the efforts of defense attorney Michael Sherman, citing multiple failures.
October 24, 2012 |
A Connecticut board on Wednesday rejected the initial parole bid by Michael Skakel, a cousin of the famed Kennedy clan, who insisted he was not guilty of killing a teenage girl in 1975. Wearing a prison jumpsuit, Skakel, again proclaimed his innocence of the killing of Martha Moxley in 1975. In a celebrated trial, Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Moxley with a golf club when they were both 15 years old. Skakel, now 52, heavyset and with thinning gray hair, has served just over 10 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence handed down by the court.
October 26, 2007 |
A judge in New Haven denied Michael Skakel's bid for a new trial, rejecting a claim that two other men committed a 1975 killing that sent him to prison. Superior Court Judge Edward R. Karazin Jr. ruled against Skakel based on a week of testimony in April. Skakel lawyer Hope Seeley said she was extremely disappointed, citing the quality of the evidence. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, is serving 20 years to life in prison.
November 14, 2006 |
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who is serving a prison term of at least 20 years. The justices declined, without comment, to take Skakel's appeal of his conviction in the beating death of his Greenwich, Conn., neighbor, Martha Moxley, 31 years ago when the two were teenagers. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002. Skakel, 46, is serving 20 years to life in prison. His lawyer, former Solicitor General Theodore B.
January 13, 2006 |
The state's highest court has upheld Michael Skakel's murder conviction, according to Dorthy Moxley, the victim's mother, who said she was notified of the decision by prosecutors. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of bludgeoning his neighbor, Martha Moxley, to death with a golf club in 1975 in Greenwich. Skakel, who along with the victim was 15 at the time, is serving 20 years to life in prison.