Skakel trial lawyer challenged on case preparation

AP News
Posted: Apr 17, 2013 1:32 PM
Skakel trial lawyer challenged on case preparation

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — An attorney for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel accused the lawyer who represented him at his murder trial of having a good time making trips around the country instead of preparing for the case.

Lawyer Michael Sherman took the stand Wednesday in Rockville Superior Court in Connecticut on the second day of Skakel's appeal. Sherman faces accusations he failed to competently defend Skakel, who was convicted in 2002 of killing 15-year-old neighbor Martha Moxley in 1975.

Sherman says preparing for the case was his top priority. Sherman says the trips were to meet with Skakel, who was then living in Florida, and others involved in the case.

Skakel's current attorney, Hubert Santos, says the trips were ostensibly to investigate the case but in fact Sherman was having a good time.