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States urge appeal hearing in case of Kennedy cousin Skakel

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HARTFORD, Conn. — Eleven states are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Connecticut's appeal in Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel's murder case and reinstate his conviction.

The states filed a friend-of-the-court brief on Monday. The court is deciding whether to take up the appeal.

The Connecticut Supreme Court in May vacated Skakel's conviction in the bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were teenagers. The 4-3 majority said Skakel's trial lawyer failed to contact an alibi witness.

Connecticut prosecutors argue the court didn't properly weigh the overall performance of Skakel's defense.

The states say a ruling in Connecticut's favor is needed to thwart excessive challenges of defense lawyers' performance.

The states are Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Nebraska, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo, Michael Skakel reacts to being granted bail during his bond hearing at Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. Connecticut officials are asking the state's highest court to revoke Skakel's bail and send him back to prison. The chief state's attorney's office filed the request Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 with the state Supreme Court. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of murdering Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were both teenagers. (Bob Luckey/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2013 file photo, Michael Skakel reacts to being granted bail during his bond hearing at Stamford Superior Court in Stamford, Conn. Connecticut officials are asking the state's highest court to revoke Skakel's bail and send him back to prison. The chief state's attorney's office filed the request Monday, Jan. 29, 2018 with the state Supreme Court. Skakel, a nephew of Robert F. Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy, was convicted in 2002 of murdering Martha Moxley in their wealthy Greenwich neighborhood in 1975, when they were both teenagers. (Bob Luckey/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

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