Former Martin resident, Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction reinstated


On Friday, the state Supreme Court reinstated Michael Skakel’s murder conviction. Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Skakel Kennedy, the widow of Robert F. Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 beating death of his teenage Greenwich neighbor, Martha Moxley. (Source: The Hartford Courant)

From The Hartford Courant: A divided state Supreme Court Friday reinstated the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin [former Loblolly resident] Michael Skakel, rejecting a Superior Court judge’s finding that Skakel’s trial was tainted by ineffective lawyering and setting the stage for Skakel’s return to prison after three years of freedom.

“Because we conclude that the petitioner’s trial counsel rendered constitutionally adequate representation, we reverse the judgment” of the lower court, a 4-3 majority of the Supreme Court wrote in a decision released Friday afternoon.

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