Skip to comments.Kerry Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired
Posted on 02/28/2014 12:07:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
WHITE PLAINS After nearly 20 months of buildup, the misdemeanor trial of Kerry Kennedy ended on Friday in a breakneck blur, as jurors took one hour to find her not guilty of driving under the influence of a drug.
The five-day trial, which featured a riveting turn on the witness stand by Ms. Kennedy, 54, was centered on an act that neither she nor prosecutors dispute: On July 13, 2012, she drove her Lexus S.U.V. erratically after swallowing Zolpidem, a generic form of the sleep medication Ambien. She sideswiped a tractor-trailer on a highway in Westchester County before she was found, slumped over her steering wheel, her car stalled on a local road.
Ms. Kennedy has maintained that she took the pill accidentally, mistaking it for medication she took for a thyroid condition. She testified on Wednesday that she did not realize her mistake until well after the accident.
When the verdict was announced, some of her friends and family members seated behind her, which included her 85-year-old mother, Ethel Kennedy, cheered and clapped. Ms. Kennedy hugged one of her lawyers, William I. Aronwald, and patted the back of the other, Gerald B. Lefcourt. And as people filed out of the courtroom, Ms. Kennedy said she bore no ill will to the prosecutors who brought the case.
To tell you the truth, anger is the last feeling I have right now, she said. Im full of gratitude.
The issue at trial was whether Ms. Kennedy, the former wife of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, should have been aware that she was feeling the drugs soporific effects, as she was swerving and driving erratically, and stopped the car.
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Then: Of COURSE they were driving impaired.
Come on, we’re talkin’ the most inbred pieces of excrement in the multiverse here.
It’s because she was an orphan.
another case of Affluenza.....nothing to see here...move along.
And then, there's "peasant law"...
TEDDY KENNEDY FACTS:
C-D student in High School...
Only player Costick ever kicked out of Harvard football..
Coupla DUIs at UVA Law...
Accidently signed on for 4 years in Korea - Dad cut it down to 2 - served in Paris...
Never rose above rank of “Private...”
Mary Jo Kopechne survived for as much as THREE HOURS IN SUBMERGED CAR according to Coroner’s report...
Becomes US Senator...
Makes a few accidental votes, like “YES on Partial Birth Abortion Ban” (He meant YES to Partial Birth Abortion...)
Still drinks heavily....
Lionized at death.
It’s good to be a member of the royal house of Kennedy.
She probably spent several hundred thousand dollars fighting a misdemeanor traffic violation that the average person could have gotten pled down to a five hundred dollar fine.
She was just "Driving A Vehicle While A Kennedy."
That's an impairment in itself and a known problematic combination.
If you haven’t had any experience with Ambien,,,,and if she did mistakenly take it instead of her other medicine,,,,I can understand. Ambien made me sleepwalk, sleep cook, sleep watch a tv that wasn’t turned on, etc..I almost burnt my house down while taking that cr@p! My doc didn’t believe me back then, but due to problems some of his other patients have had, and due to the exposure given by many, he believes now. There are reports from cops about sleep driving and they all involve that cr@p drug, Ambien!
Yeah, that's what I thought...
Yup. Most of us would have worked out a deal between the prosecutor, defense attorney and defendant in a hallway outside the courtroom.
2 minutes in front of a judge to walk away with probation and a fine.
Mary Jo just turned over
I’m surprised they didn’t arrest the truck driver and confiscate the truck.
“She was just “Driving A Vehicle While A Kennedy.”
Otherwise know as DWAK, a variant of DUI. It’s an analog of DWC (Driving While Chinese).
My Mother was on it after Dad passed. One night at 11:30 She decided that Her Bunny Slippers wanted to go for a ride in the car.
Long story short, I got dragged down the driveway, through the bushes, over the end of the fence, across the street, into the yard across the street and got the car stopped 2 feet from the neighbors fence. TWICE!!!
Took the keys away the 1st round, She got the spares for round 2.
I removed the Distributor Cap/Rotor and Plug Wires after Round 2 and left the car in the neighbors yard for Her to see in the morning.
She remembered NONE OF IT!!!
I’d like to get My hands on the SOB’s that made that crap and make them eat it ALL.
Boy! That family sure has problems with ingested chemicals; from ethyl alcohol to the latest designer psychotropic drugs.
Kennedies: Can’t drive, can’t boat, can’t fly, can’t ski