Kennedy nephew Skakel denied parole
Michael Skakel is shown here in 2002, the year he was sentenced.
October 24th, 2012
12:19 PM ET

Kennedy nephew Skakel denied parole

Michael Skakel, nephew of Robert F. Kennedy, was denied his first opportunity for parole Wednesday, a spokesman for the Connecticut Department of Correction said.

Skakel has served 10 years of a 20-years-to-life sentence for the 1975 beating death of his teenage neighbor, Martha Moxley, in Greenwich, Connecticut. He is the nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

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  1. Culpepper

    It's a rule, no convicted Kennedy can be released while another Kennedy is on trial for anything

    October 24, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • SPENT

      wonderful post

      October 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. cocopuf

    He needs to serve his full sentence (period)

    October 25, 2012 at 3:49 am | Report abuse |
    • newton


      October 26, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • duckforcover

      In another 17 years he will only have made up the time he was free before the trial. Then he can start serving time for the murder.

      October 29, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nellie g. cabo

    Does he has KENNEDY Blood?What i have read before was,he is a nephew of Ethel Kennedy,the wife of Robert Kennedy,so there's no Kennedy blood running in his vein if i'm right.So why they always connect him to the Kennedys is one thing that I disagree,Please correct me if I'm wrong.Anyway,he killed someone,so he should be punished.

    October 25, 2012 at 4:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Wanda

      Yes, he does. On his father's side. Can you not figure out how relations works?

      October 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • newton


      October 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Judy

      I don't care who he's related to, he killed a girl and should spend as much time in prison as is deserved. Which is literally the rest of his life if you ask me.

      October 26, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • slrman

      What does "blood" have to do with anything? People think there is actual blood from their ancestors in their body? Genetically, they may be similar, but, so what? The days of being royal or "noble" by reason of birth are over. As has been demonstrated many times, living a life of privilege and not being held responsible for your actions is rarely good for you. The man is a criminal, and should be given no extra consideration because of his relatives.

      October 27, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      No he has no Kennedy blood, his aunt (his father's sister) married Robert F. Kennedy and so she has a relation by contract but Skakel has nothing more then an imaginary newspaper reporter's hope for a bigger headline relation. He beat a young girl to death with a golf club after he sat in a tree and played with himself (his own words). He needs to sit there and complete his sentence, life.

      October 28, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      Ah, Wanda, you are the one who does not get it. Skakel's father was related to Ethel Kennedy – a non-blood Kennedy.
      So, no Kennedy blood whatsoever.

      October 28, 2012 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      He is NOT a Kennedy. His aunt married a Kennedy

      October 29, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jake Peterson

    No he doesnt really have Kennedy blood...but...the press wouldnt have much to talk about if the wrote "Mrs.Skakel's on up for parole" to grab for a story somehow!

    October 25, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bobi Becker

    I have read and re-read every thing I could find on this case and do NOT believe this man is guilty.... There is, nor was, any concrete evidence only hear say. in this entire thing.... that in itself is NOT 100% to convict someone on, however people are wrongly convicted all the time, sad but true.

    October 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wanda

      He beat her with a golf club that was his! He lived across the street from her. He was infatuated by her. He killed her!!! I'm sure glad you weren't on the jury. Were you on the jury in the Casey Anthony case?

      October 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. newton

    ... he would probably be voting for romney too... otherwise he would get his parole opportunity.

    October 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • GM1953

      A relative of the Kennedys voting for Romney? on what planet?

      October 29, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lorraine

    He had all of those years of freedom post slaughter of Martha. Decades of sweet freedom where the murder of Martha didn't mean a danged thing to him. He went on to enjoy privilege and drugs and monied pleasures to his twisted evil one percenter delight. And now he wants to imagine getting out of jail – ever. Without admitting his guilt?

    Come onnnn Skakel – you low life coward. Admit it all – to Mrs. Moxley. If you are any kind of Catholic who is truly concerned about "God's will" you will stand up and MAN UP in front of God and admit it all. After all – dude – you done did it.

    And then you dared the authorities to prosecute and convict you. Good thing they did – we are all safer with YOU behind bars. For the rest of your life. God's will, after all.

    October 27, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Please-spare me the god's will crap. if it was a so-called god's well that this girl be murdered, then your god is an evil one. if not evil, then powerless. In short there is no god.

      October 29, 2012 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
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