VERNON, Conn. (AP) _ Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel is blasting prosecutors who say his new attorneys may have a conflict of interest as they seek an appeal of his 2002 murder conviction.
Skakel spoke by video conference from prison at Tuesday’s hearing in Rockville Superior Court. His new appeal claims his trial attorney, Michael Sherman, was incompetent. Prosecutors say because his current attorneys represented Skakel on earlier appeals, they may be prevented from advancing claims that they, too, were ineffective. The new attorneys deny that argument.
Skakel said prosecutors “want me here for the rest of my life for something I didn’t do.”He also harshly criticized Sherman.
Skakel, a nephew of Robert Kennedy’s widow, Ethel, was convicted of killing his neighbor, Martha Moxley, in 1975 in Greenwich.
The judge did not immediately rule.
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