"The Skakel trial is in its' sentencing phase"..what do you think?

  1. Skakel was convicted of beating Martha Moxley to death in 1975. Did the Kennedy connections keep him from being arrested 27 years ago? What do you think?

    I tend to think of the victim and her parents............after all these years. I wonder what it was like to know your daughter was brutally murdered by a neighbor and to live with the knowledge that he was "getting away with it."

    What will the jury do now? Let him slide because of the time that has passed? What would you do if you wre on the jury? Would the years that have gone by affect your sentence?
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  3. by   researchrabbit
    No, I'd give him the max; he got to have a life. She and her family didn't.
  4. by   Mattigan
    I think it should be life plus life. it just seems worse to me that he had all those years to live with what he'd done and WAS able to live with it. That makes him more of a monster , if possible.
  5. by   PsychoRN
    He should get life!
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    LIFE w/o parole. Like said earlier....this girl lost HERS why should have have ONE MORE MINUTE FREE?
  7. by   JailRN
    life, but, hey, he's a Kennedy and the get away with MURDER!!!(look at Ted and Chappaquidick (sic).

    Nothing will happen to him-unfortunately!!
  8. by   prn nurse
    Chappaquidick was an awful tragedy...an accident. This is murder. Skakel beat the teen to death with a golf club.

    I heard on the car radio today that he was sentenced to 20 years to life.

    They said he never took the stand in his own defense during the trial. He let his lawyers do the talking....ala O.J.

    Prior to sentencing, the judge asked him what he had to say, if he wished to say anything........and, Skakel said "I'm innocent." and the judge responded, "You're in denial."

    That judge has my vote.
    Then the judge sentenced him......that was what was said on the radio.
    I wonder if the rat can appeal.
  9. by   JailRN
    Chapaquidick was an accident? and what happened after that-he was drunk and left, and walked.
    After all, poor Michael had a bad childhood. Yadda, yadda, yadda
    Even her mother asked for lienency, I wouldn't have been that charitable.
    I'm not a fan of the Kennedy's.
    Unfortuately, he can and probably will appeal, and probably win the appeal, Stinks I think
  10. by   prn nurse
    The victim's mother asked the judge to be lenient?????????

    I agree with you !!! I see this crap on t.v. all the time.

    Some animal murders a child and one of the parents says, " We've forgiven him, we want the court to show mercy."

    Some scumbag maggot (Kennedy or not) murder my child, and it will be a cold day in Hades before you hear me requesting "leniency" for the perpetrator !

    I will never understand it .
  11. by   NurseDennie
    I can't believe the mother asked for leniency. I saw her on the "Today" show and they asked if she thought justice had been served, and she kind of flip-flopped for a second and then composed herself and said something along the lines of "I'm going to say yes." and said that he'd gotten more than the minimum, but not the maximum.

    I know the brother was NOT asking for leniency - they said he wanted the maximum life sentence with no option of parole.

    I guess realistically, he's probably got something like 12-15 years in jair if he has "good behavior."

    His lawyer was saying that he's not a threat to society, and he doesn't need to be in jail. The victim's mother said that no,she never thought he was a mass murderer (or maybe serial killer?) but that she thought he was a BIG risk to flee the country.

    I can't imagine living all these years without my daughter. What a classy woman she is.


  12. by   JailRN
    Yeah, right!!!