Prosecutors plan US Supreme Court appeal of Skakel ruling


HARTFORD — Connecticut prosecutors plan to appeal the dismissal of Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel’s murder conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court.

An assistant state’s attorney notified the Connecticut Supreme Court of the planned appeal Tuesday.

The state Supreme Court earlier this month reversed its own 2016 decision and vacated Skakel’s murder conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. The majority in the 4-3 ruling said Skakel’s trial lawyer failed to contact an alibi witness.

Dorthy Moxley. Martha’s mother, said she has been notified by prosecutors of effort to appeal to U.S. Supreme Court but doesn’t relish going through a new trial – if that ever comes to be.

“I’m not looking forward to a new trial. I’m getting pretty old and tired – prefer not to do that. I support the state in everything they do. Who would look forward to a trial? Not a pleasant thing to do; but I’ll do whatever the prosecutors want to do – complete support of the prosecutors. That’s why we’re Americans; we have a justice system we can believe in.”

Mark Dupuis from the State’s Attorney office said that they have other options – but are starting there. If the U.S. Supreme Court declines to hear the case; they can still move forward.

Skakel is a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy. A jury in 2002 convicted him and he was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison. He was freed in 2013 after 11 years behind bars when a state judge overturned his conviction. ​