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Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's 1975 murder conviction vacated
WTNH.COM ^ | 05/04/2018 | WTNH.com Staff

Posted on 05/04/2018 12:51:41 PM PDT by Puppage

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) - The Connecticut Supreme Court has overturned the 1975 murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel.

The Hartford Courant reports that the Connecticut Supreme Court voted 4-3 that Skakel's trial lawyer was so ineffective, that his right to a fair trial was violated. Skakel was convicted in the murder of his friend, Martha Moxley, when the two were neighbors in Greenwich.

Skakel has been free since late 2013 while the court considered this latest appeal. He is expected to remain free unless state prosecutors make what many lawyers predict would be an unlikely decision to retry him on decades-old evidence, the Courant reports.

News 8 spoke with Robert Kennedy Junior Friday afternoon. Upon hearing the news of the court's decision, Kennedy expressed his satisfaction.

"That's fantastic... It's been a long hard fight for justice. Michael Skakel was framed by corrupt prosecutors. This is his vindication."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; US: Connecticut
KEYWORDS: kennedy; kennedyfamily; skakel
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1 posted on 05/04/2018 12:51:41 PM PDT by Puppage
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To: Puppage

Another Kennedy getting away with murder.


2 posted on 05/04/2018 12:52:57 PM PDT by Reno89519 (No Amnesty! No Catch-and-Release! Just Say No to All Illegal Aliens! Arrest & Deport!)
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To: Puppage

So the Kennedy millions can’t buy a competent lawyer?
What a crock by this Supreme Court. Gotta be a bunch of leftists who did this.


3 posted on 05/04/2018 12:54:02 PM PDT by CivilWarguy
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New England, its people and institutions, has embraced degeneracy.


4 posted on 05/04/2018 12:54:08 PM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: Reno89519
Another Kennedy getting away with murder.

The Progressives wearing robes love to make laws and exempt their own from any accountability.

5 posted on 05/04/2018 12:55:28 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Puppage

Again, the JUST US department representing the Kennedys.


6 posted on 05/04/2018 12:55:44 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi (NOPe to GOPe)
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To: Puppage
"...Robert Kennedy Junior ..."

Yep...Just like cockroaches...Even though four are dead, the rest just keep on crawling around polluting everything they come in contact with...We need more spray...

7 posted on 05/04/2018 12:56:35 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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Corrupt prosecutors. In Connecticut. Acting AGAINST the Kennedys. Let that claim sink in.


8 posted on 05/04/2018 12:57:36 PM PDT by dangus
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To: Puppage

Drive him home in an Oldsmobile.


9 posted on 05/04/2018 12:58:47 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland US. There'd be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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Oh, come on now. A Kennedy could not afford the best legal representation available? Hmmm. Maybe he got just that! Would it not be a tactic that when your client is guilty as sin, to blow the trial, giving them just this kind of outcome?


10 posted on 05/04/2018 1:00:10 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (#DeplorableMe #BitterClinger #HillNO! #cishet #MyPresident #MAGA #Winning #covfefe)
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To: Puppage

Ms. Moxley was unavailable for comment as she was dining with Mary Jo Kopechni.


11 posted on 05/04/2018 1:00:39 PM PDT by rktman (Enlisted in the Navy in '67 to protect folks rights to strip my rights. WTH?)
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Are you KIDDING me..??!?!?

The Kennedy Klan is BATHED in lawyers.

They have them coming out of their freaking ears.

This is ridiculous.

More and more:

TWO LEGAL SYSTEMS


12 posted on 05/04/2018 1:05:08 PM PDT by gaijin
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From wiki:

Thomas Skakel was the last person known to have been seen with Moxley the night of the murder and had a weak alibi. He became the prime suspect, but his father forbade access to his school and mental health records. Kenneth Littleton, who had started working as a live-in tutor for the Skakel family only hours before the murder, also became a prime suspect. However, no one was charged, and the case languished for decades.

Over the years, both Thomas and Michael Skakel significantly changed their alibis for the night of Moxley’s murder. Michael Skakel claimed that he had been window-peeping and masturbating in a tree beside the Moxley property from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Two former students from Élan School, a treatment center for troubled youths, testified they heard Michael Skakel confess to killing Moxley with a golf club. Gregory Coleman testified that Skakel was given special privileges, saying Skakel bragged, “I’m going to get away with murder. I’m a Kennedy.


13 posted on 05/04/2018 1:05:56 PM PDT by keat
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14 posted on 05/04/2018 1:06:57 PM PDT by gaijin
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So if you want to have a conviction vacated just hire an incompetent lawyer in Connecticut?


15 posted on 05/04/2018 1:07:59 PM PDT by Rebelbase (YETI deathwatch, tick, tick, tick......)
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To: CivilWarguy

CT, RI, and MA:

If you are from there, the rules don’t count.

If you aren’t, they will use any small infractive excuse to screw you in any way they see fit.


16 posted on 05/04/2018 1:08:53 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: Puppage

Well, it clears him to run for President...

Or maybe they just needed his vote.


17 posted on 05/04/2018 1:09:00 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Puppage
Another baby eater walks after being freed by other baby eaters.

Torches and pitchforks anyone?

18 posted on 05/04/2018 1:09:30 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist ("All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing")
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To: keat

THAT just takes the cake.

An ALIBI...?!!?!

“I’m innocent..! Why I was only at her house, up in tree, peering in at her, MASTURBATING..!!”

Truly an alibi only a Kennedy could give.


19 posted on 05/04/2018 1:09:51 PM PDT by gaijin
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20 posted on 05/04/2018 1:11:07 PM PDT by RightGeek (FUBO and the donkey you rode in on)
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