While Moxley and her son John, a Short Hills resident, knew Skakel, imprisoned for a decade, was making yet another appeal, John said the news was still "very surprising."
"Judge Bishop took everything all the other courts interpreted one way and went in a completely different direction," John Moxley said. "The trial was based on evidence. There was a verdict. Now he's saying, 'it wasn't the message, it was the messenger.'"
John Moxley said he had not yet read Bishop's 136-page decision, but called it "confusing at best."
"It's frustrating and I'm angry, but my mom and I are of the same opinion, it's beyond our control," he said. "We will be there to support the State of Connecticut as it goes to appeal. The process is what it is; we really have no influence over the proceedings. Every day in trial takes two days off your life."
Skakel's defense team on Thursday filed a motion for a bail hearing. If granted, Skakel could post bail and be released. A hearing date has not been set.