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News that broke in The Situation Room: Michael Skakel, a cousin of the Kennedy's, will get a new trial after his 2002 conviction for killing neighbor Martha Moxley with a golf club in 1975. Skakel's attorney argued that former attorney Michael Sherman failed to adequately represent him in court, and Connecticut Appellate Judge Thomas Bishop agreed.
“Although defense counsel’s errors of judgment and execution are not the fault of the state, a defendant’s constitutional right to adequate representation cannot be overshadowed by the inconvenience and financial and emotional cost of a new trial,” Judge Bishop wrote in his decision.
Our legal experts Jeffrey Toobin and Ashleigh Banfield explain what the ruling means and what the next steps will be.
Skakel could walk free soon.
Conviction ruling is "unusual," "absolutely stunning."
Legal incompetence is "bitter pill."