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Lawyer says he worried about Skakel's temper in deciding against his testimony at murder trial

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    Michael Skakel, right, listens to the cross examination of his former defense attorney, Mickey Sherman, at Skakel's habeas corpus hearing at State Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick , pool)The Associated Press

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    Assistant State's Attorney Susann Gill, left, and Hubert Santos, Michael Skakel's lead defense attorney, confer about admitting evidence at Skakel's habeas corpus hearing at State Superior Court in Vernon, Conn., on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool)The Associated Press

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    Michael Skakel, center, listens to testimony from his former defense attorney, Michael Sherman during the second day of Skakel’s appeal trial at Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Rockville, Conn. Attorney's for Skakel Sherman of having a good time making trips around the country instead of preparing for the case. Skakel is the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel. He’s serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when they were both 15. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool)The Associated Press

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    Defense attorneys Hubert Santos, left, and Jessica Santos speak to one another as Michael Skakel looks on during the second day of Skakel’s appeal trial at Rockville Superior Court on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in Rockville, Conn. Attorney's for Skakel accused Michael Sherman, the attorney who represented him at his murder trial of having a good time making trips around the country instead of preparing for the case. Skakel is the 52-year-old nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel. He’s serving 20 years to life in prison for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when they were both 15. (AP Photo/The Stamford Advocate, Jason Rearick, Pool)The Associated Press

A Connecticut trial attorney has defended his decision not to have Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel testify at his 2002 murder trial, saying he has a temper.

Attorney Michael Sherman says he wasn't worried Skakel would "blow up," but he was concerned he could show anger and the jury would see that.

Sherman says Skakel agreed he probably shouldn't testify. Skakel's current attorney says he wanted to testify.

Sherman disclosed that Skakel's ex-wife had planned a book saying she married a killer. He says he thwarted the proposed book, which he says wasn't credible.

Sherman testified Thursday in Skakel's appeal arguing he was deprived of effective legal representation.

Skakel is serving 20 years to life for the 1975 golf club bludgeoning of Greenwich neighbor Martha Moxley when they were 15.

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