Michael Skakel, convicted of murdering neighbor, granted new trial over allegedly inadequate representation

A judge has granted a new trial for Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy currently serving 20 years to life in prison for the

On Wednesday, the judge ruled Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him.

On Wednesday, the judge ruled Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him. (10/23/13)

NORWALK - A judge has granted a new trial for Michael Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy currently serving 20 years to life in prison for the murder of his neighbor in 1975.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing Martha Moxley in Greenwich. On Wednesday, the judge ruled Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him. The ruling comes after years of unsuccessful appeals by Skakel.

He had argued that his attorney, Mickey Sherman, never called certain witnesses to the stand that Skakel thought should have testified. He also says Sherman had contact with certain people in the media that Skakel felt were against him.

Prosecutors are expected to appeal the ruling.
 

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