Kerry Kennedy Acquitted of Drugged Driving

She took Ambien accidentally in 2012 crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 28, 2014 10:05 AM CST
In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, Kerry Kennedy leaves Westchester County courthouse in White Plains, NY.   (Frank Franklin II)

(Newser) – Kerry Kennedy was acquitted today of drugged driving after she accidentally took a sleeping pill and then sideswiped a truck in a wild 2012 highway drive she said she didn't remember. Kennedy hugged and clasped hands with her lawyers as a six-person jury cleared her of driving while impaired, a misdemeanor. It had carried the potential for up to a year in jail, though that would be unlikely for a first-time offender.

"I'm incredibly grateful to the jury for working so hard on this case ... and to my lawyers ... and to my family and friends and so many other people who supported me," said Kennedy, daughter of late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. "I'm happy justice was done."

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