Published April 18, 2013
VERNON, Conn. – 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.