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Kennedy Cousin Convicted of Murder is Granted New Trial: Michael Skakel, the man convicted of a 1975 murder and a cousin of the Kennedys, has been granted a new trial after a judge ruled that Skakel's attorney failed to adequately represent him.  The Associated Press reports that Skakel was found guilty in 2002 for the golf club bludgeoning murder of 15-year-old Martha Moxley, who had spurned his sexual advances.  He was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.  Now that a new trial has been ordered, Skakel's attorneys are planning to ask the judge to release him from prison on bond.

Canadian Sex Offender Commits Assault in US: 48-year-old Michael Stanley is in custody after police say he removed his court-ordered GPS monitor, fled Canada, and sexually assaulted a Seattle teen just days after coming to the U.S.  The Canadian Press reports that Canadian authorities chose not to issue an arrest warrant or ask for Stanley's extradition because his sex crimes there were not serious enough. Because of this, Stanley was allowed to cross the border into Washington and was instructed by local authorities to register as a sex offender.  Less than four days after registering, Stanley, who happens to be a U.S. citizen, was accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old boy.

Judge: Medical Marijuana OK on Probation: An Arizona judge has granted a motion on behalf of 43-year-old Jennifer Ferrell, allowing the woman to use medical marijuana while on probation.  Scott Orr of the Daily Courier reports that the motion was granted after Ferrell's attorney argued that the county could not restrict his client from using medical marijuana due to the fact that state law makes it legal.  Ferrell was given probation after being convicted of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, and DUI in October 2012. 

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