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Kerry Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty of Driving While Impaired
New York Times ^ | 02/28/2014 | By JOSEPH BERGER

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. “I’m 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 drug’s soporific effects, as she was swerving and driving erratically, and stopped the car.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: andrewcuomo; dui; kerrykennedy; newyork
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1 posted on 02/28/2014 12:07:54 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If: Kennedhy
Then: Of COURSE they were driving impaired.

Come on, we’re talkin’ the most inbred pieces of excrement in the multiverse here.


2 posted on 02/28/2014 12:09:40 PM PST by Da Coyote
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s because she was an orphan.


3 posted on 02/28/2014 12:09:56 PM PST by frogjerk (We are conservatives. Not libertarians, not "fiscal conservatives", not moderates)
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To: SeekAndFind

another case of Affluenza.....nothing to see here...move along.


4 posted on 02/28/2014 12:12:31 PM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind
The more money you got, the more Justice you can buy.

And then, there's "peasant law"...

5 posted on 02/28/2014 12:14:42 PM PST by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: Da Coyote

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.


6 posted on 02/28/2014 12:16:20 PM PST by golux
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s good to be a member of the royal house of Kennedy.


7 posted on 02/28/2014 12:17:06 PM PST by Tupelo
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To: kiryandil

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.


8 posted on 02/28/2014 12:17:12 PM PST by shelterguy
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To: SeekAndFind
She wasn't impaired - by Kennedy standards.

She was just "Driving A Vehicle While A Kennedy."

That's an impairment in itself and a known problematic combination.


9 posted on 02/28/2014 12:17:43 PM PST by Iron Munro (Albert Einstein: The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!


10 posted on 02/28/2014 12:18:15 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind
OK, everyone who's shocked that this was the verdict, please raise your hand....

Yeah, that's what I thought...

11 posted on 02/28/2014 12:20:59 PM PST by Fedupwithit (Your opinion: It's all yours....don't expect me to listen to it, or even acknowledge it..)
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To: shelterguy

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.


12 posted on 02/28/2014 12:22:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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13 posted on 02/28/2014 12:22:50 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: SeekAndFind

Mary Jo just turned over


14 posted on 02/28/2014 12:25:49 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: SeekAndFind
Wonder how they're going to handle it next time she gets twisted off and goes for a drive.
Although she's a Kennedy, the "OOPS" defense can never be used too much.
15 posted on 02/28/2014 12:27:11 PM PST by The Cajun (Sarah Palin, Mark Levin, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Louie Gohmert......Nuff said.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m surprised they didn’t arrest the truck driver and confiscate the truck.


16 posted on 02/28/2014 12:27:20 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Obamacare: You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.)
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To: Iron Munro

“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).


17 posted on 02/28/2014 12:31:50 PM PST by vette6387
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


18 posted on 02/28/2014 12:35:24 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Boy! That family sure has problems with ingested chemicals; from ethyl alcohol to the latest designer psychotropic drugs.


19 posted on 02/28/2014 12:40:08 PM PST by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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Kennedies: Can’t drive, can’t boat, can’t fly, can’t ski


20 posted on 02/28/2014 12:40:59 PM PST by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: SeekAndFind

A five day trial over a DWI? Don’t the courts have anything better to do?


21 posted on 02/28/2014 12:41:42 PM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: mabarker1

“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.”

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!


22 posted on 02/28/2014 12:42:21 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


23 posted on 02/28/2014 12:47:55 PM PST by Baynative (Got bulbs? Check my profile page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


24 posted on 02/28/2014 12:48:27 PM PST by JeanLM (Obama proves melanin is just enough to win elections)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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.


25 posted on 02/28/2014 12:55:40 PM PST by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kennedy, nuff said. North East royalty. Rape, murder, drugs and drunk driving.....Not a problem if your a Kennedy.


26 posted on 02/28/2014 12:57:51 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: 12th_Monkey

Are there any good Kennedys that haven’t been lobotomized?


27 posted on 02/28/2014 1:03:49 PM PST by COBOL2Java (I'm a Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, Reaganite. The GOP hates me. Why should I vote for them?)
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To: mabarker1
"I’d like to get My hands on the SOB’s that made that crap and make them eat it ALL."

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.

28 posted on 02/28/2014 1:13:25 PM PST by Think free or die
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To: COBOL2Java

I’m sure in a parallel universe there is a good Kennedy, but just not in this one.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 1:16:01 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

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?


30 posted on 02/28/2014 1:18:08 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Think free or die

Glad it worked out.

Ambien makes Xanax look like Pez candy FYI.


31 posted on 02/28/2014 1:21:28 PM PST by mabarker1 (Please, Somebody Impeach the kenyan!!!!)
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To: Veto!

When it comes to dentistry I’m a high responder to pain. Shoot me full of novocain and then a bit more!


32 posted on 02/28/2014 1:23:55 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: 12th_Monkey

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.


33 posted on 02/28/2014 1:29:43 PM PST by libstripper (Asv)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


34 posted on 02/28/2014 1:32:28 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: SeekAndFind

Kerry Kennedy.

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!!!


35 posted on 02/28/2014 1:33:58 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: SeekAndFind

AGHHH!!!

She was married to Andrew “Evil Eyes” Cuomo!!!!

I hope to GOD THEY didn’t reproduce!!!!

Sounds like a horror movie script!!!


36 posted on 02/28/2014 1:35:37 PM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: mabarker1

“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.


37 posted on 02/28/2014 1:36:07 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.”


38 posted on 02/28/2014 1:40:03 PM PST by EDINVA
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To: SeekAndFind
Kennedy Is Found Not Guilty

Yeah, what a surprise.

39 posted on 02/28/2014 1:41:32 PM PST by Albion Wilde (The less a man knows, the more certain he is that he knows it all.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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/?

http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2013/jan/11/driver-who-killed-3-pedestrians-voorheesville-be-s/?print


40 posted on 02/28/2014 1:47:22 PM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Was there ever any doubt? This isn’t a citizen; it’s a KENNEDY!


41 posted on 02/28/2014 1:49:11 PM PST by IronJack
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To: Iron Munro
POOR GIRL, feel sorry for HER, BUT REALLY FELL SORRY FOR THE PARENTS HAVING TO DEAL WITH THE KILLING..................not posted (CONTENTIOUS statement about the Kennedys)
42 posted on 02/28/2014 1:53:56 PM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: ZULU

Your comment has a certain cadence, bounce, truth to it that I like.


43 posted on 02/28/2014 1:56:18 PM PST by BilLies (330,000 WHITE Union military went to their deaths to free the slaves .... REALLY???!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind

This is just proof that this family can still drive in ways that can, and did, kill people and still get away with it.


44 posted on 02/28/2014 2:04:33 PM PST by oldenuff2no
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To: libstripper

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.


45 posted on 02/28/2014 2:05:32 PM PST by 12th_Monkey (One man one vote is a big fail, when the "one" man is an idiot.)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

>>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!<<

I hate to say it, but I kind of agree with this verdict. Why would anyone take an Ambien in the morning on purpose?


46 posted on 02/28/2014 2:12:12 PM PST by KAESNO2
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To: KAESNO2

“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.


47 posted on 02/28/2014 2:18:11 PM PST by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: KAESNO2
I hate to say it, but I kind of agree with this verdict.

Are you serious?

Was she driving while impaired? Yes!

Guilty!

48 posted on 02/28/2014 2:41:28 PM PST by JohnG45
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To: mabarker1

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.


49 posted on 02/28/2014 2:52:24 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: SeekAndFind

Really good/snarkey lawyer to come up with that scenario.


50 posted on 02/28/2014 3:15:48 PM PST by SkyDancer (I Believe In The Law Until It Intereferes With Justice.)
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