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Prosecutors seek dismissal of latest Michael Skakel appeal on Martha Moxley murder conviction

FILE - In this Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012 file photo, Michael Skakel listens during a parole hearing at McDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Conn. Prosecutors want a judge to dismiss Michael Skakel's latest challenge of his 2002 murder conviction, saying the Kennedy cousin's claim that his trial attorney did a poor job should have been raised in an earlier appeal and that many of the issues he cites were previously rejected, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, Pool, File) Jessica Hill

Michael Skakel, seen in court on Oct. 24, 2012, is challenging his 2002 murder conviction in the death of 15-year-old Martha Moxley in Greenwich, Conn.
AP Photo/Jessica Hill
(AP) NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Prosecutors urged a judge to dismiss Michael Skakel's latest challenge of his 2002 murder conviction, saying the Kennedy cousin's claim that his trial attorney did a poor job should have been raised in an earlier appeal and that many of the issues he cites were previously rejected.

A hearing was held Thursday in Rockville Superior Court. There was no immediate ruling.

Hubert Santos, Skakel's current attorney, said there was no obligation to file the claim earlier. He says the defense wanted the cooperation of the trial attorney, Michael Sherman, in connection with an earlier appeal and was awaiting details to emerge of Sherman's tax troubles that would factor into the latest claim.

Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, is serving 20 years to life in prison for the fatal beating of Martha Moxley in Greenwich in 1975, when they were 15-year-old neighbors.

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