Testimony will begin before Superior Court Judge Edward R.
Karazin Jr. on Tuesday, April 17, 2007,
in the case of Michael Skakel vs. State of Connecticut. The case
is expected to go from April 17 through April 20, and April 23
through April 26, if necessary. Unless otherwise noted by the
Court, testimony on any given day will begin at 10 a.m.; the
courthouse doors open at 9 a.m.
The case will be heard in Courtroom 6-A, in the
Judicial District Courthouse, located at 123 Hoyt St.,
Stamford. There is a parking garage with spaces for the public
onsite; the garage will remain open until 7 p.m. during the
The first two rows on either side of the courtroom will be
reserved for the families of Mr. Skakel and Martha Moxley. All
other seats in the courtroom will be available on a first-come,
first-serve basis to members of the public and news media. No
interviews may be conducted in the courtroom.
Four spots in front of the courthouse are reserved for the
following Connecticut television stations: WFSB-TV; News 12
Connecticut; WVIT; and WTNH. Other TV stations wishing to send
satellite trucks should report to Stamford High School at 6:30
a.m. April 17th. The high school’s address is 55 Strawberry Hill
Ave., but trucks should park in the rear of the school, in the
Hillandale Avenue lot. In conjunction with the Connecticut
Judicial Branch and on a first-come, first-serve basis, the
Stamford Police Department then will escort the trucks to the
courthouse area for parking. This arrangement will remain in
effect throughout the duration of the trial. Compliance is
critical, as order and safety must be maintained by the Judicial
Branch and the Stamford Police in the congested area surrounding
The media contact for Stamford Police is Lt. Sean Cooney. He
may be reached at 203-977-4725.
Judge Karazin granted a request from the Associated Press to
have one still camera and one video camera in the courtroom.
Inquiries regarding the pool may be made to Patrick Sanders,
Connecticut editor of the Associated Press, at 860-246-6876
(office) or 860-416-0465 (cell); or Dave Ward, WFSB-TV
assignment manager, at 860-244-1700 (office) or 860-977-0839
News 12 and WFSB will provide the pool feed of the courtroom
proceedings. News 12 is providing the camera and photographer
inside the courtroom, while WFSB will provide the transmission
and distribution of the pool feed. Satellite feed of court
proceedings for the first week are as follows:
- April 17-20, from 9:30 a.m. through 5:30 p.m.
- CBS/Newspath Coordinates – AMC 5 5 F
- Downlink Frequency – 11855 V
- Data Rate – 5.5
- Symbol Rate – 03.978723
- FEC 3/4
In addition, a distribution amp (mult-box) will be at WFSB’s
truck in front of the courthouse. Stations interested in taking
the feed on-site should come prepared with a record-deck and
proper cables. Individual stations are responsible for all tape
deck operations. No tape copies will be made.
No other cameras will be allowed into the courthouse beyond
the pool cameras. In addition, no recording equipment will be
allowed inside the courthouse. Cell phones with cameras will not
be allowed in the courthouse, and judicial marshals will collect
them at the door, to be returned when the owner leaves. Cell
phones without cameras are allowed inside the courthouse and
must be muted in 6-A, when the court is in session. Laptops also
are allowed in the courtroom, although laptops with recording
devices will not be allowed into the courthouse.
A designated media area will be set
up outside the courthouse for interviews. This area serves two
- It is essential to maintain order on court property and
to avoid unsafe traffic conditions. Many other members of
the public will be in the area for unrelated court business,
and the Judicial Branch’s top priority is to provide safe
access for all individuals at court on any given day; and
- The media have a central area to conduct interviews and
take pictures and video from, in a way that provides equal
access to all media outlets.
The Judicial Branch reserves the right to modify its
arrangements for the trial.
For further information, please contact the Judicial Branch
External Affairs Division at 860-757-2270.