A decade after his murder sentence, Michael Skakel is up for parole. His cousin Robert F. Kennedy Jr. believes he was wrongly convicted -- not only by the jury but by a power-hungry media.
On Halloween of 1975, a 15-year-old girl named Martha Moxley was found dead outside her family's home in Greenwich, Connecticut. The murder weapon was a golf club, used to bludgeon the girl and then stab her in the neck. The murderer was harder to locate. It took the justice system 27 years to convict Michael Skakel, a neighbor who was Martha's age at the time of her death. Skakel belonged to a large family of avid golfers. He was also the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy.
Tomorrow, Skakel will appear before a parole board for the first time since
his conviction. Moxley's family remains convinced that Skakel is
guilty. Her brother, John, argued
in a recent letter to the parole board that Skakel has leveraged his privileged background, persuading himself and others "that the rules of our general
society did not then and do not now apply to him."