Hearing Set For Kennedy Cousin Michael Skakel’s Possible Release

CBS New York

VERNON, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP)A hearing is set for Wednesday to determine whether Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel should be released from prison as he awaits a new murder trial.

Arguments will be heard on whether Judge Thomas Bishop has the authority to release Skakel from prison while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 slaying of neighbor Martha Moxley.

Judge Bishop will hold the hearing Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court.

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Bishop last month ordered a new trial for Skakel, ruling his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was found guilty of bludgeoning Moxley with a golf club. Skakel and Moxley were 15-year-old neighbors in wealthy Greenwich at the time of her death.

Skakel’s cousin Robert Kennedy Jr., a law…

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