Supreme Court, With New Justice, Allows Michael Skakel To Remain Free, At Least For Now

The state Supreme Court, in a rebuff to prosecutors, has ruled that accused killer Michael Skakel can remain free on bail while the court considers his most recent appeal.

Skakel, convicted in 2002 of murdering his teenaged neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich decades earlier, has been free since November 2013, when Superior Court Judge Thomas Bishop reversed the conviction and released him, ruling after an exhaustive hearing that Skakel’s original, legal defense was so deficient that he was denied a fair trial.

The Supreme Court court, in turn, reversed Bishop in December 2016 in a contentious 4-3 decision. Skakel has remained free in spite of that reversal while the Supreme Court considers a request by his lawyers, Hubert J. Santos and Trent LaLima, to reconsider its narrow December ruling.

The court rarely grants motions for reconsideration, dismissing most in a matter of weeks. Skakel’s is a rare exception that has been pending for more than a year.

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