Skakel lawyers to be called to testify in Moxley case
MSNBC WVIT-30, October 15, 1998

BRIDGEPORT, Conn., Oct. 14 - Prosecutors plan to subpoena lawyers for two nephews of Bobby Kennedy who are suspects in the 1975 murder of Greenwich teen-ager Martha Moxley. One of them, Manhattan attorney Thomas Sheridan Jr., who represented Michael Skakel until earlier this year, said he was informed last week by a state inspector that he would be subpoenaed to appear before the grand jury on October 30th.

Sheridan told the Greenwich Time he would fight attempts to bring him before the grand jury. “There is little or no doubt in my mind that Michael Skakel has a right to attorney-client privilege, and I don’t think it is appropriate for the authorities in Connecticut, who know I represented this young man for many years, to be calling me before a grand jury.”

Sources told the newspaper that Emanuel “Manny” Margolis, a lawyer who represents Thomas Skakel, Michael Skakel’s older brother, also was informed that he will be subpoenaed.

Michael, who was 15 at the time of Moxley’s death, and Thomas, then 17, lived near the 15-year-old girl in Belle Haven, an exclusive gated community in Greenwich. The brothers are nephews of the late U.S. Senator Robert Kennedy. Their father, Rushton Skakel Sr., the head of one of the wealthiest industrial families in America, is the brother of Bobby’s widow, Ethel Kennedy.

The Skakel boys were among a group of friends who were with Moxley the night she was killed, October 30th, 1975. Police have identified a golf club belonging to the Skakel family as the murder weapon. An autopsy report revealed that Moxley had been severely beaten with the ladies 6-iron. After the bludgeoning, the killer shoved the club’s broken shaft through the junior high school girl’s neck.

The 23-year-old case was revived in June, not long after the release of two books about the case, including one authored by Former Los Angeles homicide Detective Mark Fuhrman. Fuhrman, who testified in the O.J. Simpson trial, theorized that Michael Skakel killed Moxley in a jealous rage after seeing her kiss Thomas.

Sheridan represented Michael Skakel until shortly after the investigative grand jury was convened. Stamford attorney Michael Sherman now represents him.