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For Immediate Release: May 31, 2002


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Re: State of Connecticut v. Michael Skakel

The Judicial Branch, in anticipation of final arguments and the jury charge early next week in State of Connecticut vs. Michael Skakel, wants to inform the news media of the following:

  1. Credentialed news media professionals must be in their seats in the courtroom by 9:50 a.m., Monday, June 3.
  2. No interviews may be conducted in the courtroom OR IN THE COURTHOUSE. INTERVIEWS MAY OCCUR ONLY IN THE MEDIA PEN. This is for crowd control, but also to maintain as much fairness as possible to all of the media organizations present.
  3. For the duration of the jury charge, no one will be allowed to enter or exit the courtroom, including the news media. This prohibition applies to the charge only.
  4. The news media will be allowed to use their cellular telephones inside the courthouse immediately after any verdict. They must do so, however, toward the back of the building; Judicial Marshals will be available to direct them to the appropriate location.
  5. Previous rules developed for the trial remain in effect, including the requirement that photographers/camera operators remain behind the barricades in the media pen. The pool arrangement for the front of the building remains in effect: ONE still photographer/ ONE camera operator.

Again, the Judicial Branch would like to thank the news media for their continued cooperation throughout the trial.

Please call Rhonda Stearley-Hebert, Manager of Communications, with any questions, 860-757-2270.


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