Crime RFK Jr: Connecticut court's Skakel decision an 'exoneration'

17:46  15 may  2018
17:46  15 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

Michael Skakel 'elated' after murder conviction overturned: Lawyer

  Michael Skakel 'elated' after murder conviction overturned: Lawyer Attorney Michael Fitzpatrick said defense lawyers did a "masterful job" helping the Connecticut Supreme Court understand mistakes made in the first trial.

The relationship between Skakel and his Kennedy relatives soured in 1997 after Skakel reportedly cooperated with authorities investigating whether Michael Kennedy, RFK Jr .’ s younger brother, was having an affair with his children’ s teenage baby sitter. Last month, a Connecticut judge ordered a

Robert F. Kennedy Jr ., Micheal Skakel ’ s cousin was in the courtroom with him again today. State prosecutors look to put Skakel back in prison. Top Connecticut court cases in 2018 involve Newtown, Skakel .

FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Robert Kennedy, Jr. the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, speaks against a measure requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated, during a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an “exoneration.” Kennedy said on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that he has recently spoken to Skakel, who was “elated” by the court’s ruling May 4. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this April 8, 2015, file photo, Robert Kennedy, Jr. the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and son of former U.S. Attorney General Robert Kennedy, speaks against a measure requiring California schoolchildren to get vaccinated, during a rally at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an “exoneration.” Kennedy said on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday, May 15, 2018, that he has recently spoken to Skakel, who was “elated” by the court’s ruling May 4. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

HARTFORD, Conn. — Robert Kennedy Jr. says the Connecticut Supreme Court's ruling that struck down the murder conviction of his cousin, Michael Skakel, is effectively an "exoneration."

Skakel prosecutors mulling new murder trial face obstacles

  Skakel prosecutors mulling new murder trial face obstacles Now that a court has struck down the murder conviction of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, the next step in the decades-long legal saga is up to Connecticut prosecutors, who must decide whether to seek a new trial in the 1975 slaying. As they mull prospects for another guilty verdict they will have to consider a number of new twists that have emerged since Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Martha Moxley with a golf club when they were teenage neighbors in the exclusive Belle Haven shoreline section of Greenwich.

Connecticut Court Hears Arguments on Overturned Murder Conviction of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel . The court could take several months to render a decision , Skakel attorney Stephen Seeger has told PEOPLE. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage?

At a court hearing earlier this year, Skakel ’ s appellate lawyer said jurors should have been told that Skakel ’ s brother, Thomas, could have carried out the killing. Elan closed in 2011. Connecticut state authorities said much of the same information pointed to by Kennedy, including the claim that Moxley

Kennedy said on NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that he has recently spoken to Skakel, who was "elated" by the court's ruling May 4.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of fatally beating Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975, when they were teenage neighbors in Greenwich. He was freed on $1.2 million bail in 2013 when a lower court judge overturned his conviction.

Connecticut's high court reinstated the conviction in 2016, but reversed itself this month.

Robert Kennedy Jr. said Tuesday multiple people had placed Skakel 5 miles away at the time of the killing, and police have refused to investigate other suspects, including one person who confessed.

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Connecticut’s legislature has passed a bill that would give the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote nationally. The state Senate voted 21-14 on Saturday to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, which includes 10 states and the District of Columbia. The state House passed the measure last week, 77 to 73.The #CTSenate just adopted legislation opting #CT into the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, under which states allocate electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the most votes.It next moves to the Governor's desk for his signature.

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