Skakel slams trial attorney in Conn. murder appeal

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel (SKAY’-kul) has launched a barrage of criticism against the attorney who represented him at his murder trial.

Skakel was convicted in 2002 of killing his Greenwich neighbor in 1975. He testified Thursday in his latest appeal arguing that trial attorney Michael Sherman failed to competently defend him.

Skakel’s current attorney says Sherman got caught up in the limelight of the case and failed to prepare. Sherman rejects that claim.

Skakel says Sherman referred to himself as a “media whore” and spent time with writers that Skakel considered his enemies. He says Sherman failed to track down a witness who supported his alibi and others who could rebut a claim he confessed to the crime.

Skakel also says Sherman told him he would never get arrested and that he would never go to trial.

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