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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 for updates.


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