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Opinion: Skakel Decision A Referendum On The Writ

, The Connecticut Law Tribune


Those skeptical about the efficacy of habeas corpus petitions in the State of Connecticut will be watching the Michael Skakel case carefully. Judge Thomas Bishop just granted the writ, a rare enough event, finding that the trial performance of Skakel's lawyer, Mickey Sherman, was deficient as a matter of law.

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  • William Doriss

    We applaud Judge Bishop's decision in granting the writ of habeas corpus, and the doggednes of Santos-Seeley. The conviction of Skakel was most certainly a false conviction in the "legal" sense, irregardless of who actually murdered Moxley. And it appears as if Mr. Sherman was derelict of his legal duty to defend Skakel to the utmost. However, we are concerned about the prominence of the defendant somehow playing no small part in this ongoing charade. There are plenty of disgruntled defendants in CT who deserve a second bite at the apple, which will never occur in the UnConstitution State--a state in serious denial. Among them are Mr. Ed Grant, whose trial and false conviction in Superior Court New Haven, GA 23, we witnessed, and yours truly. The case number of our second criminal "information" and subsequent conviction, #502506, speaks volumes. That was eleven years ago. What are the case numbers up to today? One million? If only 10% of those half million charges were to deserve the granting of a "writ," that implies 50,000 CT men and women have been and will forever be disappointed by Konnecticut's ludicrous criminal "justice" system. We wonder if Santos-Seeley would be interested in taking up CT v. Doriss, even if were able to afford them? Oh, forget it,... we sought "political
    asylum" in another, neighboring jurisdiction. So far, after ten years, so good!?! A veritable Bermuda Triangle of the [legal] Mind exists in the central CT River Valley.
    Just drive thru on your way to N.Y. or N.J. Don't stop, don't talk to anyone, and don't make any "furtive gestures." Ha.

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