Magazine To Publish RFK Jr. Article Defending Skakel
RFK Jr. Proclaims Cousin's Innocence In Piece

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Atlantic Monthly plans to run an article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. proclaiming the innocence of his cousin, Michael Skakel, who was convicted in June of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.

Kennedy's article is expected to be published in the magazine's January/February edition.

"We think it's a compelling, important article," said Michael Kelly, editor at large of the publication, adding that Kennedy raises questions about the case, which he has likened to a miscarriage of justice.

When reached by The Associated Press, Kennedy would not disclose details of what he planned to write.

The articles is titled, "The Lynching Of Michael Skakel."

Skakel, a nephew of Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in June of beating Martha Moxley to death with a golf club in 1975 when they were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich. Skakel, 42, was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Kennedy attended the trial briefly and wrote a letter of support to the judge who sentenced Skakel.

In another development, Skakel has been transferred from Garner Correctional Institution in Newtown to Cheshire Correctional Institution, said Brian Garnett, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. Both are high security prisons, Garnett said. Garnett said such transfers are routine.

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