Skakel given permission to travel for holidays
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel, who was released from prison last month when he was granted a new trial in the 1975 slaying of a neighbor, has been granted permission to travel to see his son in New York and other relatives in Oregon.
Skakel was ordered to remain in Connecticut unless granted permission to travel outside the state. Court records show Skakel's request on Dec. 9 to visit his son and an earlier request to visit relatives in Oregon for Thanksgiving were granted.
Skakel, the 53-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel, had been in prison more than 11 years on a sentence of 20 years to life. A judge ruled in October that Skakel's trial attorney failed to adequately represent him in 2002 when he was convicted in Martha Moxley's bludgeoning with a golf club in wealthy Greenwich when they were both 15.
Skakel, who must wear a GPS tracking device, requested permission to travel to New York “on a continuing basis” to visit his son, who lives with his mother.
“In other words, the defendant is requesting permission to travel freely to New York, whenever his schedule permits, in order to visit his son, provided he seeks permission from the Office of Probation on each occasion and supplies his probation officer with his precise itinerary,” Skakel's attorneys wrote. “As a result of his incarceration, the defendant has had extremely limited contact with his son and still has been unable to see his son since his release.”
A judge granted the request, saying Skakel must inform his probation officer of any plans to visit his son and to report upon his return.
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.