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Kerry Acquitted: News Reports

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The jury apparently agreed with Kerry Kennedy's defense, according to news reports. 

Kennedy was "sleep driving" when her vehicle collided with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684, her lawyers said.  Her trial for misdemeanor driving while intoxicated started Monday in White Plains.

The defense team maintained that Kennedy, a member of the famous family,took a prescribed sleeping pill accidentally, mistaking it for her thyroid medication before she left her Bedford home and headed to the gym on the morning of July 13, 2012. No one was injured in the crash.

The prosecution had argued that she shouldn't have made the mistake, gotten behind the wheel or driven away from the crash.

The defense also said that anyone not famous and not a Kennedy would have been offered a reduced charge in exchange for a guilty plea, as is common for first-time driving-while-under-the-influence charges. 
Paula March 03, 2014 at 05:12 AM
Townee, I'm not advocating secret arrests, just equal treatment. Either no names in the press for DUI's or the whole list of the approx. 900 DUI attendees who have to go to the MADD Victim Impact events after their arrests each month. Either Kennedy's name should not have been publicized, or she should have had a lot of company.
townee March 03, 2014 at 07:09 AM
You said your first message "NO NAMES SHOULD EVER BE RELEASED TO THE NEWS MEDIA". That means arrests are secrets. I understand that if you are wrongfully charged, there is a stigma attached to your name that is regrettable. But arrest records have to be public or else it is a step towards a police state. The issue you articulate in the second message is something entirely different than the first and is with the media and what interests them--they choose to only publish the famous and salacious names. That really is not the same as people being wrongfully charged but nonetheless having their names in the public. By referencing required attendance at MADD events, I think you are talking about people who have to fulfill terms of sentencing. That leaves out those wrongfully charged, doesn't it? It is fine with me to publish everyone who is sentenced to one thing or another but it is unlikely to happen.
Zach March 03, 2014 at 08:36 PM
OK Paula. Good point in response to my post of March 1. So, I place the following addition to my comment: "Oh poor Kerry. Poor, poor Kerry. Because she has more money than the common transgressor, her name got into the paper. Good, and double good for her. Paula: chill out, before you make yourself sick. This transmission is both "Over" and "Out".
john g flynn March 05, 2014 at 02:13 PM
Ask yourselves if this was you and a jury of your peers acquitted you , how and what would you be posting now ? She had a great Attorney and a creative / unusual Defense which the Jury agreed with so case closed . As to names being printed in the Papers , I think everyone's name should be printed as they are potentially a danger to Society . Embarrassement can be a great motivator . Years ago the Media did print names and I was humiliated being one .
Case closed April 02, 2014 at 02:08 PM
Kennedy's have a knack for beating the laws Now death is another story.

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