Michael Skakel Out on Bond

The Greenwich resident has spent more than 10 years behind bars following his conviction for the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

On Thursday, Michael Skakel walked out of the Stamford Superior Courthouse sans cuffs but heavier one GPS tracking bracelet as he was granted a $1.2 million bond during is recently granted retrial.

Skakel, now 53 years old, spent 11 of those years a prisoner, convicted in 2002 of killing his neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in the exclusive Belle Haven section of Greenwich on Halloween Eve in 1975, when both were 15 years old.

Nephew to Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, Skakel has for years levied appeals against the original decision.  Only in October of 2013 did Judge Thomas Bishop accept Skakel's April appeal. Skakel's lawyers argued he deserved a retrial due to a lack of adequate representation from his original lawyer, Greenwich's Mickey Sherman.

Conditions of Skakel's Nov. 21 release include wearing the monitoring device, not leaving the state of Connecticut and to have no contact with the Moxley family.

Dorthy and John Moxley, Martha's mother and brother, commented upon exiting the courthouse that they were disappointed in Bishop's ruling but that they stand behind the state and hope to see Bishop's decision overturned. Dorthy said Skakel is "still a convicted criminal," but believes he does not present further danger.

"I don't think he was Jeffrey Dahmer or one of those mass murderers," she said to reporters. "We don't have anything to be afraid of."

At approximately 2 p.m., Skakel appeared exiting the courthouse with his lawyer, Hubert Santos, and a number of supporters around him. They paused briefly so Santos could issue a statement before his client was ushered away to a waiting caravan, complete with police escort.
"There were two tragedies that occurred in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1975," Santos said. "The first was, of course, the murder of Martha Moxley. A great tragedy for the Moxley family and for everyone else associated with them. The second great tragedy occurred in a courthouse in Norwalk, Connecticut, in 2002, when Michael was convicted of the murder of Martha Moxley—a murder he did not commit. Hopefully, we are at the first step of righting that wrong and making sure that an innocent man now goes free."

After Skakel was on the road, Dantos briefly addressed the media further, stating his client was "wonderfully happy." When asked what Skakel's first words were upon being released, he said, "Thank God."

"Michael was full of disappointment from the beginning after his prosecution," Santos said. "He was never fully confident this day would come. A great burden has been lifted off his shoulders. He desperately wanted to be home for Thanksgiving."

respeck4all November 25, 2013 at 12:41 AM
Even though it's not admissible in court, did he ever take a polygraph when arrested, or agree to take one?
Tom Wilson November 25, 2013 at 07:07 AM
Hey Tony what,s this have to do with "liberals"? He is an inlaw or somehow related to Ethel Kennedy. Instead of becoming a Kennedy basher think of all the good the Kennedys have done. You would be better served if you read the drudge report. Its obvious that your glued to FOX news.Whats your great feat in life besides being a Kennedy basher when this guy is somehow related to someone who married a Kennedy?
Tony November 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM
"Nope" on all counts, Tom. It's got nothing to do Liberal or Conservative political philosophy. It has EVERYTHING to do with money and influence. Back in 1975 this guy got preferential treatment because of Kennedy money and fame. In 2000, he hired a team of fabulous lawyers - and lost anyway. I don't know for sure, but I'll bet you a beer that Kennedy money and influence helped there, also. Now he's saying that all these really expensive attorneys were 'incompetent' and he deserves a new trial. AND HE GOT OUT OF JAIL!!! If you think he isn't getting preferential treatment on that claim....I have a bridge to sell you! Oh and by the way, the guy on TV news pleading his case (before his release) wasn't a Skakel, it was a Kennedy. You can't tell me there isn't a Camelot halo over this 'gentleman.'
Tom Wilson December 25, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Well Tony he is not a Kennedy period. Why don't you focus on all the good the Kennedy's have done like sacrificing three brothers for this country. I guess Eunice was no good either she must have made a fortune on the Special events for retarted people.Look im no fan of this bum he will be back in the slammer soon enough,as you know the judicial system works for the rich not the poor
Tony December 25, 2013 at 06:58 PM
"Look im no fan of this bum he will be back in the slammer soon enough,as you know the judicial system works for the rich not the poor" So we're saying the same thing. This is one more example of the wealth and influential getting out of jail in this country. Without Kennedy lobbying for him, this individual would stay in jail


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