Michael Skakel, who was convicted 10 years ago of murdering his Greenwich, Connecticut neighbor, 15-year-old Martha Moxley, was recently released from prison after a judge found he was denied the effective assistance of counsel. The case has achieved notoriety because Mr. Skakel is a Kennedy relative. Yesterday (Nov. 6, 2013), however, he was refused bail and ordered to return to prison to await a new trial, or an appeal. On November 6, 2014, the judge who ordered the new trial granted the prosecutor’s motion to deny bail pending appeal or a new trial. The Judge stated that any bail decision should be handled by the new judge who will preside over all subsequent proceedings.
Alison Leigh Cowan, Judge Who Overturned Skakel Murder Conviction Declines Bail Request, N.Y. Times, Nov. 6, 2013.