ROCKVILLE, Conn. (WTNH)-- One day after a judge granted him a new murder trial, lawyers for Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel are fighting to get him out of prison.
They filed the paperwork to try to get him out on bond but the state is fighting it.
Attorneys filed the paperwork Thursday afternoon in Rockville Superior Court. They want a judge to release Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel from prison on a $500,000 bond.
"He doesn't strike me as much of a flight risk and I think there is a good chance they will allow him to be free on bail. But that will be up to a judge," said William Dunlap.
Quinnipiac University law professor William Dunlap says it is very rare for a judge to award a new trial to a convicted criminal because his lawyer botched the case. The State's Attorney is fighting the judge's ruling, vowing to file an appeal.
But if it goes before a jury a second time, Dunlap says it will be a harder case to try.
"The first trial was 27 years after the murder and this one is going to be about 37 or 40 years after the murder and it's going to be difficult to find witnesses. Some may have died," said Dunlap.
When asked if he thinks Skakel should get a new trial, James Montpelier of Manchester said, "no way."
While a judge has ruled Skakel's attorney at the time, Mickey Sherman, botched the trial, the court of public opinion is not so quick to turn Skakel loose for a new trial.
"I haven't made a decision yet. I would have to read more about the old trial since it's been so long," said Mary Vanderlinden, South Windsor.
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