Hear Skakel appeal, high court urged
By DANIEL TEPFER - Connecticut Post

HARTFORD -- Lawyers for both the state and Kennedy kin Michael Skakel asked the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear their case.

In an unusual move, both sides urged the state's highest court to review a lower court's decision moving the case from Juvenile Court to Superior Court in Stamford.

A defense appeal of that decision is scheduled to be heard by the state Appellate Court, but both sides now say the case should go directly to the Supreme Court.

The state of Connecticut asks this [Supreme] Court to transfer the present appeal to itself so that it may move to an ultimate resolution as quickly as possible, states the motion filed by Assistant State's Attorney Susann E. Gill.

If this appeal were to remain in the Appellate Court any decision by that tribunal may be subject to further review thereby delaying resolution.

Both sides are interested in a quick resolution of this issue, said Skakel's lawyer, Michael Sherman. It would probably end up in the Supreme Court anyway.

It is not clear whether a move to the Supreme Court would result in further trial delays.

Skakel, 41, is waiting to be tried for murder in connection with the Oct. 30, 1975, death of Martha Moxley.

The battered body of 15-year-old Moxley, a neighbor of the Skakel family, was found underneath a large pine tree in her family's yard in the exclusive Belle Haven section of Greenwich. No suspects were arrested until Skakel, the nephew of Ethel Kennedy, the widow of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was charged last year.

Sherman had argued that because his client was 15 at the time of the murder his case should be handled in Juvenile Court. A judge disagreed and ordered the case transferred to Superior Court where Skakel will be tried as an adult.

Sherman then appealed to the Appellate Court.



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