Criminal Justice

Kerry Kennedy is acquitted in drugged-driving trial


Jurors deliberated less than two hours before acquitting Kerry Kennedy of driving while under the influence of a sleeping pill.

The verdict on Friday came after a four-day trial in which Kennedy testified she mistakenly took a sleeping pill instead of her thyroid medication before getting behind the wheel in July 2012, report the New York Times and the Associated Press. Kennedy sideswiped another vehicle and was later found slumped over at the wheel.

Kennedy had fought the misdemeanor charge with the help of lawyer Gerald Lefcourt, who argued there was no proof Kennedy realized she had taken the wrong pill at the time she was behind the wheel. Kennedy is the daughter of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated when she was 8 years old.

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