Re: State of Connecticut
v. Michael Skakel
The court has scheduled a
hearing on certain pretrial motions and pleadings in State of
Connecticut v. Michael Skakel at the Superior Court for the
Judicial District of Stamford/Norwalk at Stamford, Criminal Division, on
August 15, 2001 at 10 a.m. The hearing will be held at GA 1 Courthouse,
115 Hoyt Street in Stamford.
The court has not ordered the
appearance of the defendant. Therefore, the defendant may, but is not
required to attend this hearing.
Media organizations wishing to
attend this proceeding should fax a request on company letterhead to
External Affairs, Connecticut Judicial Branch at 860-757-2215. The name of
the reporter or sketch artist must be provided. Please include a fax
number with your request. Please note previous requests are not valid.
Fax transmissions will be
accepted during business and non-business hours from the time of the
release of this advisory until Monday, August 13, 2001 at 3 p.m. No
extensions or exceptions will be considered.
Reporters from Connecticut
daily newspapers, television and radio stations will receive pre-assigned
seats as will the Connecticut Bureau of the Associated Press, the
Connecticut Bureau of The New York Times, and The Connecticut
Law Tribune. However, Connecticut organizations must still fax a
letter of request and commit to daily coverage of the proceedings. We have
reserved seats for members of the victimís and respondentís families,
counsel, court officials and the public.
If the number of media
requests does not exceed the available seating, all such requests will be
granted. If the number of requests exceeds the seating capacity, media
representatives must pool in each of the following categories: print media
(includes daily and weekly newspapers, magazines, books) television, radio
and sketch artists.
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 in the courtroom 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.
Notification of receipt and
acceptance of requests will be announced on the Connecticut Judicial
Branch website at http://www.jud.ct.gov
and by fax Monday afternoon, August 13, 2001.
In case of any changes in the
scheduling of this matter, notices will be posted on the website and faxed
to the media. The media should be alert to such change. Please check our
website at http://www.jud.ct.gov