|Did Skakel issue reliable denial?|
It is very simple:
"I did not kill Martha" would be very strong and would then be needed to be reflected upon with "I told the truth" by Michael Skakel. Headlines say he denied the crime at his parole hearing, where he was denied parole.
Did he issue a reliable denial?
It would have to have had the three components that make up a Reliable Denial:
1. First Person Singular
2. Past Tense Verb
3. Specific to the event or allegation.
Here, he came close, but did not address the 3rd component. What is "this crime" to him?
Also, when first sentenced, years ago, he spoke, transcribed over 5 pages. If you were innocent and standing before a judge, what would you say? "I did not kill _____." It would come easy, and often. Skakel was unable to bring himself to say it, therefore, we are not allowed to say it for him.
Please look at his original statement found HERE Not only does Skakel not say that he didn't do it, he may have embedded a confession:
"I have been accused of a crime I would love to tell them I did it so they could sleep at night."
"I would love to be able to say I did this crime so the Moxley family could have rest and peace...but I can't, Your Honor. To do so would be a lie."
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