WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. — Kerry Kennedy was swiftly acquitted Friday of drugged driving in a case that her lawyers said would never have been brought if she were simply "Mary Housewife" rather than a member of one of America's most glamorous political families.
After four days of testimony, a six-person jury took a little over an hour to find a daughter of Robert F. Kennedy not guilty of driving while impaired. She was arrested in 2012 after swerving into a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway in her Lexus.
The 54-year-old human-rights advocate and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo testified she mistakenly took a sleeping pill instead of her daily thyroid medication the morning of the wreck.
When the jury forewoman read the verdict, Kennedy smiled broadly, hugged one attorney and clasped hands with another. Her family and friends applauded.