Professor Jeff Meyer available to offer insight on Skakel parole hearing

Michael Skakel is scheduled to appear on Oct. 24 before the Connecticut state Board of Pardons and Paroles to ask for early release from prison.

In 2002, Skakel was convicted of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley, his 15-year old neighbor in Greenwich, Conn. He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.

Jeffrey Meyer, a former federal prosecutor in Connecticut who teaches law at Quinnipiac and Yale University law schools, said any prisoner facing a parole board for the first time faces an uphill climb. “Often the legal strategy is to lay the groundwork for the individual’s second or third appearance.”

Nevertheless, Meyer said a strong argument could be made for Skakel’s accomplishments while in custody, working with other inmates. “That separates Skakel from many others in the system.”

Meyer also noted that the notoriety of the crime may create a challenge for the parole board. “(They) don’t want it to appear that they are treating this defendant differently because of who he is when compared to any other defendant. So they will approach this very carefully.”

To reach Meyer, please call John Morgan, associate vice president for public relations, at 203-582-5359.

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