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
A five day trial over a DWI? Don’t the courts have anything better to do?
“She remembered NONE OF IT!!!
Id like to get My hands on the SOBs that made that crap and make them eat it ALL.”
Nasty, nasty stuff! I was gaining weight, cuz I’d sleepwalk into the kitchen and eat a loaf of bread! One night I threw some chicken in a dry frying pan, turned on the stove, and went to watch the tv that wasn’t on. I woke up when the smoke got down to the floor where I was reclining and watching the tv. Wonder what show my brain was replaying? Didn’t remember a thing!
Why even waste the money on a trial for a Kennedy? There is no jury in NY or MA going to convict them of anything.
Thoughts: She didn’t want a guilty plea so she decided to have trial. No doubt she would get off but it cost some bucks...to them so what. Happened at 8 something in the morning and she was heading in an odd direction relative to her home. You definitely don’t keep sleeping pills close to normal daily medications.
I think all drugs are cr@p drugs, as you so eloquently put it. I could be legitimately arrested for drunk driving if I took ANY prescription pain killer, antidepressant, or even blood pressure meds.
Getting doctors to believe you is really difficult. I have to fight for my life with all of them, even dentists who can knock me out for DAYS with anesthetics. One-third the regular dose does it for me.
My former doc finally had an epiphany: “You’re a HIGH RESPONDER to drugs.” That’s the medical term, which you might find useful when arguing with pill pushers.
Kennedy, nuff said. North East royalty. Rape, murder, drugs and drunk driving.....Not a problem if your a Kennedy.
Are there any good Kennedys that haven’t been lobotomized?
We had a lot of problems when my dad was on Xanax for anxiety. It messed with his sleep, so he'd be awake at 3am making phone calls to neighbors. Once he called the police saying someone was trying to hurt him. Fortunately they believed my mother when she explained about dad and his meds. They probably see this a lot. Old people don't metabolize these things as well as the young, and some of these drugs make people really loopy.
I’m sure in a parallel universe there is a good Kennedy, but just not in this one.
You were being watched over by the Big Guy on that one!
Did You save the pan and does the house still smell like dry roasted chicken?
Glad it worked out.
Ambien makes Xanax look like Pez candy FYI.
When it comes to dentistry I’m a high responder to pain. Shoot me full of novocain and then a bit more!
The “Great Kennedy Curse” is that they are immune to most human made laws, causing them to believe they are equally immune to the laws of physics, chemistry, avionics, meteorology, etc. Hence, the maker of those laws, not having been informed of the general Kennedy immunity, periodically kills one or more of them.
Of course she was acquitted!
She comes from a famous family, doncha know? Any one else would be doing hard time.
The jury was full of addled morons.
These people are like cockeroaches - they breed like crazy and generate generations of other buck-toothed, pot smoking, drug abusing, alcoholic sexual predators who run for office AND GET ELECTED!!!
She was married to Andrew “Evil Eyes” Cuomo!!!!
I hope to GOD THEY didn’t reproduce!!!!
Sounds like a horror movie script!!!
“Did You save the pan and does the house still smell like dry roasted chicken?”
Cost me a lot of money and work! Pan was trashed. As was all the wall to wall carpeting, all the wallpaper, and the paint was covered with brown smoke residue which had to be scrubbed off before repainting.
Her gratitude should be focused on that fact that she didn’t kill anyone unfortunate enough to be on those roads at the same time she was driving erratically while under the influence of a drug she took “accidentally.”
Yeah, what a surprise.
Up here in the New York State Capital District, that be Albany NY for you in Rio Linda, a lady can run over and kill THREE, not ONE, not TWO, but THREE senior aged women standing on the grass outside a church and get off with time served, plus odds and ends.....don’t know how much “time” was served from newspaper reports.
Could not find any political connections on Internet with anybody.
The K are just like everybody else./S/?
Was there ever any doubt? This isn’t a citizen; it’s a KENNEDY!
Your comment has a certain cadence, bounce, truth to it that I like.
This is just proof that this family can still drive in ways that can, and did, kill people and still get away with it.
LOL, well put. A higher power does remind them once in awhile that they don’t walk or water...or drive or fly over it.
>>If you havent 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 wasnt turned on, etc..I almost burnt my house down while taking that cr@p! My doc didnt 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!<<
I hate to say it, but I kind of agree with this verdict. Why would anyone take an Ambien in the morning on purpose?
“Why would anyone take an Ambien in the morning on purpose?”
Good point! You don’t get high taking Ambien. It’s an hypnotic. You get put to sleep.
Are you serious?
Was she driving while impaired? Yes!
I had an emperience with Ambien, too. A shrink told me that breaking one in half is a no-no. If there’s no “break line” then it’s going to cause you problems. The only time I had a problem was when I took half of a pill. It was a bad night.
Really good/snarkey lawyer to come up with that scenario.