Chief States Attorney Seeks To Get Skakel Prosecution Before US Supreme Court

Matt Dwyer
August 09, 2018 - 10:09 am

(Photo by Pool photo Jessica Hill/Hartford Courant/MCT/Sipa USA)


(WTIC-AM) -- The chief states attorney has submitted a petition asking the the US Supreme Court to take up the case against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. 

The chief states attorney's office is trying to get a murder conviction reinstated against Skakel, in the 1975 Greenwich killing of Skakel's 15-year-old neighbor, Martha Moxley.  

The conviction had previously been overturned by the Connecticut Supreme Court.  

The state Supreme Court found that Skakel's defense lawyer was ineffective, denying Skakel a fair trial.  

The Chief States attorney's office argues that the US Supreme Court should hear this case, because it presents an important question. Essentially, how bad does a defense lawyer have to be, to deny an accused criminal of their constitutional rights?

The chief states attorney's office recently got an extension to file the new paperwork because a problem with their internal computer system changed the formatting on a 3-volume, printed appendix that was to be sent to the US Supreme Court.  

Changes had to be made by hand.