No TV Coverage Of Skakel Sentencing
Associated Press

NORWALK -- A judge has denied a request by Court TV to televise the sentencing of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, convicted last month of fatally beating his neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.

Superior Court Judge John F. Kavanewsky Jr. denied the request this week, citing the state's practice book governing court procedures. The practice book states that no televising of sentencing hearings is permitted, except in trials that have been televised.

Kavanewsky had rejected a request by Court TV to televise Skakel's trial.

State court rules allow still and video cameras in the courtroom, but only with the consent of the trial judge. All media requests to televise and photograph court proceedings in Connecticut have been rejected since the O.J. Simpson murder trial, which took place in California in 1995.

Skakel, 41, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted last month of beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club when they were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich. He faces 10 years to life when he is sentenced on Aug. 9.

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