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Judge Orders Skakel Released on $1.2 Million Bond

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After spending more than a decade behind bars for the murder of a teenage girl in Greenwich, Conn., Michael C. Skakel was ordered free on bail on Thursday.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 9:29 am
Photo Credit: Fred Beckham

STAMFORD, Conn. — After spending more than a decade behind bars for the murder of a teenage girl in Greenwich, Conn., Michael C. Skakel was ordered free on bail on Thursday.

Stamford Superior Court Judge Gary White, speaking in a courtroom packed with family and friends of both Mr. Skakel and the victim, set bail at $1.2 million.

It was the latest twist in a case that has by turns captivated the public and confounded investigators ever since 1975, when the battered body of a 15-year-old girl named Martha Moxley was found beneath a tree in her family’s backyard, pieces of a broken 6-iron golf club by her side.

Mr. Skakel, now 53, was also 15 at the time of the murder, and the two were neighbors in a town that has long been a bastion of wealth and privilege. While he was long suspected of killing Ms. Moxley, it would be a quarter of a century before Mr. Skakel was tried and convicted. In 2002, he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

The bail hearing came after Judge Thomas A. Bishop of Superior Court in Rockville ruled last month that Mr. Skakel did not receive a fair trial because his first lawyer, Mickey Sherman, had not represented him effectively, thereby depriving him of his constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel.

In a scathing 136-page ruling, Judge Bishop wrote that Mr. Sherman failed to show an attention to detail, lacked a coherent strategy and “was in a myriad of ways ineffective.” Those failures, he wrote, led to a “conviction that lacks reliability.”

After the ruling, Mr. Skakel’s current lawyer, Hubert J. Santos, filed a motion for his client to be released on bail. In a later hearing, Judge Bishop decided that the question of whether to grant bail belonged with the criminal court in Stamford, where he will be retried if the state decides to go forward with another prosecution.

From the outset, the case has attracted national media attention, offering a potent mix of power, money and sex. It inspired a made-for-television movie, and became a staple for tabloids and an unending source of interest for true-crime writers, particularly Dominick Dunne.

Mr. Skakel is the nephew of Ethel Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy, and the link to one of America’s most famous families further fueled interest in the case.

Mr. Skakel’s trial lasted three weeks and revealed tawdry details about his life as a young man, including his drinking and his drug use. In his defense, Mr. Skakel acknowledged that on the night of the murder, he had climbed a tree and masturbated while trying to look into Ms. Moxley’s bedroom.

Throughout the trials and appeals, Mr. Skakel’s family has fought fiercely on his behalf, spending millions of dollars in various bids to win his freedom.


pam w (139)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 1:59 pm
I don't know what to think about this. It'll be interesting to see what surfaces in a new trial. Money, of curse, not only talks----it SCREAMS!

JL A (281)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 2:47 pm
I am similarly challenged Pam---once upon a time their was a view that justice delayed equalled justice denied....

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 3:42 pm
Y'all shoulda sent him to Angola.

Athena F (131)
Thursday November 21, 2013, 6:07 pm

roxy H (350)
Friday November 22, 2013, 7:51 am
I can't debate on this at all. I seen one recent program. It really didn't sway an opinion. But, if there is actual doubt to this dude as being the murderer or if there was more involved? Which I think there might have been, I think that might be the point to the bond appeal. Not really sure. They need to find all the people involved. So, releasing this guy might lead them into finding the other ones. Sometimes they put trackers on suspects and use them to further a case. It happens a lot. Just saying

Kit B (276)
Friday November 22, 2013, 8:34 am

The evidence not allowed in the first trial was that he was in the presence of many witnesses at a party. He did not leave the party, and was not out of sight that evening. Numerous individuals were ready and willing to testify, but his attorney ignored them. The police are now back to square one, and this must find the actual killer or killers. Michael Skakel will now be seen as guilty for many as long as he lives.

Past Member (0)
Friday November 22, 2013, 2:47 pm

I was going to say the same thing Kit. I saw something on this not too long ago, and could not understand why, or how he could have been charged.

It happened Halloween.

I found this on another page. "June 21, 2000: At a pre-trial hearing, two of Skakel's former classmates at the Elan School in Maine testify that he confessed to them decades earlier."

Obviously since there are numerous witnesses for his alibi, then these classmates must have thought that they had something to gain by putting him in prison for her murder. It may have just been for notoriety, but it you never know.

Her poor parents....

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Rose Becke (141)
Friday November 22, 2013, 10:56 pm
I read about this today Yes, it made the Australian news

Sherri G (128)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 12:08 am
I have to let the courts determine his innocents. I agree with Pam "Money Screams". I just hope the victim gets justice. TY Kit Noted

Kamila A (141)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 9:23 am
Perhaps all the insanity that has been revealed was the best outcome. Perhaps reflecting on that will make some people shift their belief systems into better alignment with sanity instead….just hoping. In the end Truth always wins, its just how long it takes that creates the suffering we all must endure.

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 11:34 am

Camila - It is so nice to see you back.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 4:59 pm

Hi everyone, *flowersmile*

After seeing the "special," or whatever it was on television, I came away with the feeling that the only reasons for his convictions was because his family has money, and he is related to the Kennedy's. There was no actual evidence against him, and his entire trial seemed to be based on hearsay.

The worst evidence against him was a statement he made that was taken out of context. They used one line, so as to obscure the truth of what he was actually saying.

If you heard the whole statement, it did not show guilt, instead it showed the embarrassment of a teenage boy. They "skewed" his own words to make him appear to be guilty. It is a common practice used by Law Enforcement Officers, and Prosecutors to put the innocent in jail/prison.

This tactic is far too common. It reeks of Corruption, and Prosecutorial Misconduct, and it should never be allowed to bring about a conviction in a case that is totally lacking in evidence. It is the responsibility of the Police to actually investigate crimes, but all too often they choose one person to go after instead of seeking the evidence that they need to get to the truth.

It has been made far too easy for them to focus on conviction, without allowing them to focus on the evidence/truth. Convictions of the innocent could be a thing of the past, if they would all do their jobs in the manner that it was intended for them to do them.

In their haste, the injustices are adding up, and taking its toll on the citizenry, and victimizing the innocent instead. This does not bring "Justice" to these families, and in fact it adds an even greater injustice, as the true perpetrators are free to do as they please, and re-victimize others. This needs to stop!

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 6:15 pm

Thank you, goddess - good information. Some times money buys the resentment of the jury.

Past Member (0)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 7:10 pm

Thank you Kit! I believe that is exactly what happened in this case. It really didn't help him that he was considered a Kennedy either. *sigh*

Ponder/Meditate/Pray for Peace.

Mary Oliveau { hugs }

Kit B (276)
Saturday November 23, 2013, 8:00 pm

No that did not help, though I followed this carefully at the time, I was not convinced he was guilty of being more than a rich kid with the usual privileges. That is a small town and very divided.

Kamila A (141)
Thursday November 28, 2013, 10:59 pm
Happy Thanksgiving Kit and all! I have just a few minutes here and there but miss you, Kit! Thank you for your continued efforts toward Truth!!!
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