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October 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
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.
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November 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Michael Skakel, whose conviction in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley was vacated last month, was released from custody after a Connecticut judge granted the Kennedy relative bail at $1.2 million on Thursday. [UPDATED 11:29 a.m. PST, Nov. 21 ] Skakel, 53, is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Skakel has spent more than 11 years in prison as part of a sentence of 20 years to life in the murder case, set in the affluent Connecticut enclave of Greenwich.
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November 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
Michael Skakel, whose conviction in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley was vacated last month, was released from custody after a Connecticut judge granted the Kennedy relative bail at $1.2 million on Thursday. [UPDATED 11:29 a.m. PST, Nov. 21 ] Skakel, 53, is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of slain Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Skakel has spent more than 11 years in prison as part of a sentence of 20 years to life in the murder case, set in the affluent Connecticut enclave of Greenwich.
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November 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Connecticut judge decided that he lacked the authority to immediately release Michael Skakel while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley, but opened the door for a higher court to decide whether the Kennedy cousin should be allowed bail.  Judge Thomas Bishop heard arguments Wednesday morning then issued rulings that will keep Skakel in jail for the time being, but also lifted a stay of his previous orders in the case....
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October 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
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.
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October 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
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.
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November 6, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A Connecticut judge decided that he lacked the authority to immediately release Michael Skakel while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of Martha Moxley, but opened the door for a higher court to decide whether the Kennedy cousin should be allowed bail.  Judge Thomas Bishop heard arguments Wednesday morning then issued rulings that will keep Skakel in jail for the time being, but also lifted a stay of his previous orders in the case....
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September 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
A lawyer for Michael Skakel, convicted last year in the 1975 beating death of Martha Moxley, plans to seek a new trial based on information in the case from Gitano "Tony" Bryant, a former classmate. Defense lawyer Hope Seeley said Saturday that Tony Bryant implicated two friends in the case. Bryant is the cousin of Los Angeles Laker basketball star Kobe Bryant. Skakel, 42, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of New York Sen. Robert F.
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June 19, 2000 | From Associated Press
Nearly 25 years after 15-year-old Martha Moxley was bludgeoned to death with a golf club, the Kennedy cousin accused in her death will face a judge this week for a crucial decision. Michael Skakel, 39, a nephew of Ethel and the late U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, lived across the street from the Moxleys in a gated community in Greenwich, Conn., when Martha was killed Oct. 30, 1975. A grand jury consisting of a single judge ruled in January that there was enough evidence to arrest Skakel.
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January 7, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Convicted killer Michael Skakel will not be permitted to attend his father's funeral, state prison officials said. Rushton Skakel Sr., the brother of Ethel Kennedy, died last week. A funeral Mass is set for Friday in Greenwich. Michael Skakel was convicted in June of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, 15, a neighbor. He is serving 20 years to life in prison.
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October 24, 2013 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
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.
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October 23, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
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.
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October 24, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
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.
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October 26, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 13, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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November 25, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Attorneys for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel filed an appeal seeking to overturn his conviction in the 1975 murder of a teenage neighbor. Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in Greenwich when they were both 15. Skakel, 43, is serving a prison sentence of 20 years to life.
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August 25, 2001 | Associated Press
The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear a defense appeal of a decision to hold in adult court the murder trial of Kennedy nephew Michael Skakel, his lawyer said Friday. Justices set the Sept. 25 date to hear the appeal of a decision last January that moved the case from juvenile to adult court, said Michael Sherman, Skakel's attorney. Skakel, 40, a nephew of the late U.S. Sen. Robert F.
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July 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A judge denied a request by Court TV to televise the sentencing of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted last month of fatally beating neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975. Superior Court Judge John F. Kavanewsky Jr. in Norwalk denied the request this week, citing a state guideline that no televising of sentencing hearings is permitted except in trials that were previously televised.
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September 14, 2003 | John J. Goldman, Times Staff Writer
The judge who sentenced Michael Skakel to 20 years to life for the murder of Martha Moxley is considering a motion filed by prosecutors that would force Skakel's new defense team to produce evidence they claim will free the Kennedy cousin. But the tone of the request this week by Connecticut State's Atty. Jonathan C. Benedict clearly reflected doubt the conviction will be overturned.
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September 7, 2003 | From Associated Press
A lawyer for Michael Skakel, convicted last year in the 1975 beating death of Martha Moxley, plans to seek a new trial based on information in the case from Gitano "Tony" Bryant, a former classmate. Defense lawyer Hope Seeley said Saturday that Tony Bryant implicated two friends in the case. Bryant is the cousin of Los Angeles Laker basketball star Kobe Bryant. Skakel, 42, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of New York Sen. Robert F.
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