Skakel's lawyers appeal conviction
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Lawyers for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel appealed his murder conviction Tuesday, citing more than two dozen grounds to overturn the verdict.
Skakel was convicted in June of beating Martha Moxley to death in 1975, when they were 15-year-old neighbors in Greenwich. He was sentenced last month to 20 years to life in prison.
The appeal cited 26 issues, plus a catchall 27th issue that left open the door for additional arguments. It did not appear to raise any arguments that had not been put forth earlier, most of which were rejected by the trial judge.
Among other things, the defense lawyers argue that prosecutors failed to notify them of information that could have helped the defense; that the case should have been dismissed because of the statute of limitations; and that the case should not have been transferred to adult court from juvenile court, where Skakel was first charged, because of his age at the time of the murder.
The state Supreme Court refused last year to rule on the issue of transferring the case from juvenile court to adult court, saying it could not act until a verdict had been reached.