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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Says His Cousin Michael Skakel Is Not a Killer: 'Police Can Target Innocent People'

Originally posted 07/08/2016 12:20PM

Fourteen years after Michael Skakel was convicted of murdering 15-year-old friend Martha Moxley, his cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has written an explosive new book, Framed, that claims they got the wrong man.

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Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Makes New Claims Two Men Killed Martha Moxley in 1975 – Not His Cousin Michael Skakel

Originally posted 07/06/2016 10:00AM

Many people believe Michael Skakel killed 15-year-old Martha Moxley in 1975.

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Connecticut Court Hears Arguments on Overturned Murder Conviction of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

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Connecticut Court Hears Arguments on Overturned Murder Conviction of Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel

Originally posted 02/24/2016 04:45PM

The fate of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is in the hands of six Connecticut Supreme Court judges.

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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Seeks to Suppress Evidence in Murder Retrial

Michael Skakel Seeks to Suppress Evidence in Murder Retrial

Originally posted 07/24/2014 08:00PM

A lawyer for Michael Skakel is seeking to keep the government from using audio tapes made by the Kennedy cousin for a memoir as evidence in his upcoming murder retrial.

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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted $1.2 Million Bail

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted $1.2 Million Bail

Originally posted 11/21/2013 12:55PM

Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel was granted bail Thursday and expected to be released from prison while prosecutors in Connecticut appeal a ruling giving him a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, touched his hand to his chest and looked back at his supporters in the courtroom, his brothers among them, as the judge set bail at $1.2 million. He has been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life but his lawyers said bail would be posted immediately – meaning that he would be freed shortly after the hearing in Stamford Superior Court.

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Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted New Trial for 1975 Murder

Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel Granted New Trial for 1975 Murder

Originally posted 10/24/2013 09:00AM

With a new trial ordered for Michael Skakel, a defense lawyer for the Kennedy cousin serving time in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor said he will seek his release from prison on bond.

Skakel's conviction was set aside Wednesday by a Connecticut judge, Thomas Bishop, who ruled that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him when he was found guilty in 2002. Bridgeport State's Attorney John Smriga said prosecutors will appeal the decision.

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, said he expects to file a motion for bail on Thursday. If a judge approves it, Skakel could then post bond and be released from prison.

"We're very, very thrilled," Santos said. "I always felt that Michael was innocent."

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