Bail remains at $1 million for the New Jersey man whose murder conviction for pushing his wife off the cliffs at the Palisades in 1992 was overturned.
Stephen Scharf’s original defense lawyer, said during the trial in 2011, he objected to the hearsay testimony of some of the witnesses. A three-judge appellate panel has now agreed.
Skakel hopes to be release on $500,000 bond while he awaits a new trial in the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley.
New York’s highest court will hear appeals from three drivers claiming they were too intoxicated to know right from wrong in deadly crashes and should have their murder convictions thrown out.
Michael Skakel argues that during the 2002 trial, attorney Michael Sherman failed to challenge the state’s star witness and obtain evidence pointing to other suspects, did a poor job with jury selection and closing arguments and didn’t hire enough investigators and expert consultants.
The state Court of Appeals rejected Thomas Sirico’s argument that he was too intoxicated at the time of the shooting to be held responsible.