Kennedy in Court with Media Swarm: News Reports

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Kerry Kennedy is in court this morning over her misdemeanor drug charge, along with a swarm of media and her mother Ethel Kennedy, according to media reports. 

Kennedy, who lives in Bedford and is part of the prominent Kennedy family, was arrested in July 2012 after an alleged collision on Interstate 684 in the Town of North Castle involving her vehicle and a truck.

The New York Daily News reported this weekend that Kennedy's defense team was working on a guilty plea bargain to avoid anything happening that would prevent her from continuing her international human-rights work. If convicted, Kennedy could face fines, loss of driving privileges and possibly one year in prison.

Her previous court appearances were held at North Castle's town court in Armonk. However, the case was moved to White Plains. Facility space for jurors, press and the public was a factor. Her attorney, Gerald B. Lefcourt, likened the previous space to a “meeting room.”

The White Plains court building houses Westchester County's court and New York's state supreme court.

The defense team argues that she took a sleeping pill accidentally. In paperwork submitted for the case, Kennedy admitted to taking sleeping medication accidentally, which she was prescribed, instead of her thyroid medication prior to leaving home to go to a gym.

Lefcourt said it is “not a crime if it's an accidental ingestion.” 

Prosecutors argue that she should have known, should not have gotten behind the wheel, and shouldn't have left the scene of the accident.

Two defense requests to dismiss have been denied. 
Guarags30 February 25, 2014 at 09:30 AM
Next kids are going to say I didnt know I was smoking pot i thought it was a regular cigarette... Must be nice to have money. You get to do whatever you want and give a lame excuse and get away with it.
jo February 25, 2014 at 10:56 AM
waste of tax payers money..she will get off.. done deal
Arthur Vecchiotti February 25, 2014 at 11:00 AM
If she weren't a Kennedy, this would be all over. Evidence is circumstantial, so let it rest
Elizabeth Reed February 25, 2014 at 11:39 AM
Not generally a supporter but both are very small tablets and could easily be confused - has anyone ever picked up the wrong bottle for moisturizer - or wrong tube when looking for toothpaste during their morning routine. Ambien is an amnesiac, you have no idea what you are doing if you get out of bed after having taken it.
Guarags30 February 27, 2014 at 08:02 AM
That didnt take long... She already is playing the Kennedy card. I guess they just feel they can do whatever it is they want. Like cheat on your wife (most of the Kennedy men), or kill people in car accidents and drive away (Teddy) or the numerous other things they get away with. Anyway wasn't her pills in different containers? That's like me bringing a can of beer to work and saying "oh sorry I thought it was a pepsi"


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