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EXTERNAL AFFAIRS DIVISION
231 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
(860) 757-2270, Fax (860) 757-2215

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 16, 2001

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Re: State v. Michael Skakel

The parties in State v. Michael Skakel will appear before the Superior Court for the Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, Criminal Division, on Wednesday, April 18, 2001 at 10 a.m., for a probable cause hearing. The hearing will be held in Courtroom B at the GA 1 Courthouse located at 115 Hoyt Street in Stamford.

The hearing will be held promptly at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2001. News professionals are asked to report to the Courthouse no later than 8:45 a.m. and to take their seats in the courtroom no later than 9:55 a.m.

Following the proceedings, the media will be asked to clear the courtroom and wait outside for any statements that might be made. Interviews will not be permitted in the courtroom. A podium will be outside the Courthouse for any such statements.

The Stamford Police Department will allow satellite trucks to park on Hoyt Street beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th. Thanks to the cooperation and planning of the Stamford Police and Traffic Departments, satellite trucks may stay parked in their assigned spots on Hoyt Street from Wednesday morning until the culmination of the probable cause proceedings. Satellite trucks may park in the Stamford High School parking lot Tuesday night. (Directions to the Stamford High School parking lot are at the end of this advisory).

Media wishing to shoot outside the courthouse prior to 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th or to set up their tripods may do so. It should be noted, however, that television cameras must be portable. No trucks will be allowed to park on Hoyt Street prior to 8 a.m. on Wednesday, April 18th, even for brief shots.

Directions to the courthouse are available at our website www.jud.ct.gov. No cameras, recording devices, food or drinks are permitted in the building. The marshals will not permit entry to anyone having any of these items with them. There is no onsite parking.

MetroNorth has frequent trains from Grand Central Station to Stamford and there are cabs and a city shuttle bus available at the station.

The Connecticut Practice Book (Sections 1-10, 1-11) does not allow the broadcasting, televising, recording or photographing of court proceedings by news media for proceedings that take place before the jury has been sworn in and, in non-jury cases, before the swearing in of the first witness.

The use of laptop computers is permitted as long as use does not disturb the court proceedings. Cell phones and pagers must be muted in the courtroom and any calls must be made or received outside of the courtroom.

In case of changes in the scheduling of this matter, notices will be posted on the website and faxed to the media. Please check our website at http://www.jud.ct.gov for updates.

For Satellite Truck overnight parking:

DIRECTIONS to Stamford High School parking lot:

From I-95 South: Take Exit 8. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Elm Street, which becomes Grove Street. At the top of the hill at the traffic light, turn right onto Hillandale. The parking lot is the large empty lot on the right.

From I-95 North: Take Exit 8. Take left off ramp onto Atlantic Street. Follow Atlantic Street, which becomes Bedford Street, approximately one mile. Turn right at light onto Hoyt Street at the Stamford Police Station. Courthouse is the second brick building on the right. Continue past the courthouse to the top of the hill. Go straight onto Hillandale. Go past Underhill Street. Continue 100 yards. The parking lot is on the right.

The following media organizations submitted timely requests for seats in the abovementioned case. All of the organizations will be accommodated.

NOTE: When checking in at the Courthouse please give the NUMBER that is listed below beside your organizationís name. The numbers are entirely arbitrary and have no meaning other than to help speed up the assignment of credentials and the checking in process.

Please refer all inquiries to Ginny Apple, Manager of Communications, for the Connecticut Judicial Branch, 860-757-2270.

3-3-3-3 State v. Michael Skakel

 

Station

Reporter

Contact 2

Contact 3

1

WCGH 1490

Dima Joseph

 

  

2

WVIP 1310

Jane Crawford

     

3

CBS News, 60 Minutes

Vicki Gordon

Alden Bourne

Rebecca Cooper

4

WCBS Radio, New York

Fran Schneidau

     

5

WBZ 4 News CBS Boston

Kasey Kaufman

     

6

Jane Rosenberg *

WBZ 4 News CBS Boston

     

7

Newsday

Leonard Levitt

     

8

Court TV

Beth Karas

Harriett Ryan

  

9

Associated Press

John Christoffersen

     

10

Christine Cornell *

Associated Press

     

11

CT Law Tribune

Kellie Wagner

     

12

New York Post

Maria Alvarez

     

13

WTIC-TV, Fox 61

Sarah Cody

  

  

14

NBC News

Dan Abrams

  

   

15

CNN New York

Deborah Feyerick

Ronni Berke

  

16

Greenwich Time

J.A. Johnson, Jr.

Ryan Jockers

  

17

Greenwich Magazine

Timothy Dumas

  

  

18

Fox News Channel

David Martin

Producer-outside

Reporter-outside

19

WABC-TV

Joe Torres

  

  

20

Metro Networks

Marty Hausberger

Ted Lorson

John Silva

21

EXTRA

Dick Mc Williams

  

  

22

WCVB-TV 5

Mary Saladna

  

  

23

WFSB-TV 3

Kim Fettig

Richard Geisman

  

24

New Haven Register

Michael Gannon

  

  

25

Connecticut Post

Daniel Tepfer

  

  

26

WPIX WB 11 Network NY

Wil Ocasio

  

  

27

WHDH-TV News 7

Victoria Block

  

  

28

Hartford Courant, The

Lynne Tuohy

  

  

29

New England Cable News

Brian Burnell

  

  

30

Danbury News-Times

Karen Ali

  

  

31

WTNH 8

Erin Cox, Reporter

  

  

32

Boston Globe, The

Brian MacQuarrie

  

  

33

1010 Wins

Al Jones

  

  

34

News 12 Connecticut

Kelcey Kintner

  

  

35

Connecticut Radio Network

Mark Sims

  

  

36

ABC News Radio

Tim Scheld

  

  

37

CBS-TV Channel 2

Kendra Farn

Manny Badillo, Camera

Don Silverman, Camera

38

WVIT News 30

Irene O'Connor

  

  

39

Entertainment Tonight

Paul Frega

Cameraman

Audio Person

40

New York Daily News

Helen Peterson

  

  

41

ABC News Radio

Sylvie Rottman

  

  

42

WTIC News Talk 1080

Chris Frances

Lisa Carlson Socha

  

43

Fox 25 WFXT Boston

Kerri-Lee Halkett

Aron Willey

  

44

WNYW Fox-5

Mike Gilliam

  

  

45

The (Stamford) Advocate

Eve Sullivan

  

  

46 Greenwich Post Ken Borsuk      
 
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