STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Attorney Michael Sherman, who represented Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel in his Connecticut murder trial, will be suspended from practicing law while he serves a prison sentence for failing to pay taxes.

The suspension, approved by a Stamford Superior Court judge Friday, goes into effect March 15, the day Sherman reports to prison.

Sherman’s attorney, William Dow III, said Sherman will apply for reinstatement when he is released from prison.

Sherman was sentenced in December to one year and one day in federal prison for failing to pay about $420,000 in income taxes.

Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy’s widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 fatal beating of his neighbor in Greenwich when they were both 15. Skakel is serving 20 years to life in prison.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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