Tuesday, May 09, 2017


Connecticut Supreme Court to reinstate Skakel’s conviction for the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley

Michael Skakel, a member of the Kennedy family, spent 11 years in prison for the 1975 murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley. In 2002 he was sentenced to serve 20-years to life for clubbing his teenaged neighbor to death. Skakel was released on $1.2 million bail in 2013. His release came after Rockville, Connecticut Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Bishop ordered a new trial for Skakel, ruling that he did not receive a fair trial because his lawyer, Mickey Sherman, had not represented him effectively, thereby depriving him of his constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel.

Court records show that Skakel’s family, the Kennedys, spent more than $2 million for his defense before and during the murder trial. In Mickey Sherman, Skakel had the best criminal attorney money could buy. For Judge Bishop to say that Sherman did not give Skakel an adequate defense is about as farfetched as possible.

The Kennedy family has spent millions more fighting a retrial. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., swears that Skakel, his cousin, did not kill Martha Moxley. Kennedy insists there are five eyewitnesses who can testify that Skakel was 11 miles away from the crime scene at the time of the murder. He says that if his cousin had murdered Moxley, he would have admitted it. He would have admitted it? – Sure, and pigs can fly.

To hear RFK Jr. and other Kennedy family members tell it, the prosecutors should have been locked up, not this fine upstanding gentle soul who is caring, generous and committed to his faith, family and friends. Yeah right, tell that to Dorthy Moxley, the mother of the young girl Skakel was convicted of clubbing to death.

Finally, all those Kennedy millions appear to have failed to save Skakel’s rotten wealthy ass. On Monday, the Connecticut Supreme Court finalized a ruling that reinstates 56-year-old Skakel’s murder conviction.

It’s a shame that it took more than three years before the Connecticut Supreme Court reinstated Skakel’s conviction. I’m sure the Kennedys will spend lots more money trying to get the Court to reconsider its ruling. I hope they fail and that Skakel will be returned to prison where the scumbag belongs.

What’s really interesting about this case is that Mark Fuhrman, the disgraced former LAPD detective turned author, went to Greenwich where, some 20 years after her death, he investigated and solved the murder of Martha Moxley, a case the local and state authorities either couldn’t or wouldn’t solve.

Fuhrman, who found the infamous glove in the O. J. Simpson murder case, then wrote a book about his investigation - Murder in Greenwich (1998, ISBN 0060191414) – which forced the local authorities to reopen their investigation.


Anonymous said...

Mark Furhman is a convicted felon.

BarkGrowlBite said...

Anon, so what.

Fuhrman was an outstanding investigator with LAPD. If he hadn't lied - thereby committing perjury - about using the word 'nigger' he would have been able to continue his career with LAPD until he retired at his choosing.

Being a convicted felon makes Fuhrman no less of an investigator. He went to Greenwich, Connecticut on his own and without the help of the police investigated and proved Skakel was Moxley's murderer. If it wasn't for Fuhrman's book, Skakel would have never been tried or. seen a day behind bars.

So what has Fuhrman's felony conviction to do with investigation of Moxley's murder?

Anonymous said...

He lied under oath. How do you show credibility? You certainly don't lie.

BarkGrowlBite said...

So he lied under oath. I agree that on the witness stand Fuhrman would not be credible. But he did not and is not testifying in the Skakel case. As for his credibility in this case, he made his investigation and published it in his book. As a result the police and prosecutors were forced to look at the facts he presented. Believe me, the last thing they wanted to do is tangle with the Kennedys. But his investigation turned out to be credible and helped convict Skakel. Can't you give him credit for that?

Kaylon Centers said...

The Skakels are the ones spending the money on this case. If anything, the Kennedys have spent very little on this case. Robert Kennedy Jr., and occasionally Douglas Kennedy will speak in defense of Skakel. Notice how silent aunt Ethel has been? John Skakel paid the $1.2 million bail in 2013 that got Skakel released. Michael will likely die before this case is ever fully resolved.

BarkGrowlBite said...

Kaylon Centers

Thank you for your enlightening comment. The reason I referred to the Kennedy money is because the Skakels are part of the Kennedy family. You may be right about the scumbag dying before the case is finally resolved, but I hope he dies in prison where he belongs.

This case is a perfect example of a two-tiered criminal justice system - one for the poor and one for the well-off.