February 27, 2014, - 8:54 am
PATHETIC: Kerry Kennedy Blames RFK Death @ Age 8 For Drugged Driving @ Age 53; Black Panthers’ Lawyer
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I guess we’re making progress because a Kennedy who drove while under the influence is actually facing trial for it (and she didn’t even drown anybody!). But blaming your drugged driving at age 53 on your father’s death when you were eight? Come on. On the other hand, when you’re dealing with Kennedys, they always play the “Assassinated Kennedy Dad (or other Kennedy Relative) Card.” And so did Kerry Kennedy (formerly Kerry Kennedy Cuomo, when the two Dem Mafia families were briefly linked) yesterday at her trial for taking Ambien and then driving. She had every excuse in the book. They all do.
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Within minutes of taking the stand today Kennedy invoked the name of her late father, Robert F. Kennedy, and told the jury that he was killed while running for president. Kennedy’s famous lineage has been a focal point for the defense as they’ve tried to present her as an upstanding citizen with no drug or alcohol problems.
The daughter of RFK and Ethel Kennedy, whom she was photographed pushing in a wheelchair into and out of court earlier in the week, is also a niece of President John F. Kennedy and was married to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. “Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement,” Kerry Kennedy said after taking the stand today, explaining to jurors why she grew up in Virginia. “I have 10 brothers and sisters. My mother raised us because my father died when I was 8,” she said. Asked how he died, Kennedy said, “He was killed while running for president.”
Kennedy’s attorney Gerald Lefcourt said that she was “fabulous” and “perfect” on the stand, particularly when takling about her father. “I thought tears came to several peoples eyes as she was talking about her father, daddy. It was excellent,” Lefcourt said outside court. “I thought she was fabulous and she was perfect.”
Um, yeah, she was, complete with crodocile tears and her barnicle-ette mommy complete with wheelchair prop. But what on earth does anything she said have to do with the price of tea in China (or Hezbollah shawarmeh in Dearbornistan) . . . or with the fact that she drugged-drove and crashed her Lexus SUV into a truck on a New York Highway in July of last year. She could have killed someone–you know, like another Kennedy driver under the influence did at Chappaquiddick. Remembah that? That’s “Remember that?” in my best Kennedese.
I’ve represented drugged drivers who’ve used the same excuse (“I took it by mistake”), and that never works, not even for a client who just got the news that a parent was dying in the hospital. But, then again, none of my clients could shamelessly blame it on the death of American faux-royalty parents decades earlier. A good prosecutor would have objected to all the Kennedy Krap on relevance grounds. A decent judge would have sustained the objections and ordered the defense attorney to refrain from any line of questioning concerning Kennedy family history and mythology. I wonder why that didn’t happen here.
Regardless, it’s time for the over-privileged Ms. Kennedy to face the music and stop blaming it on dead parents. Being the daughter of RFK doesn’t make your drugged driving more excusable than that of anyone else in America, including those poor working-class little people, many of whom never had a father in their lives, but haven’t lived the luxe, cushy life you did for more than a half century.
**** UPDATE: Reader Little Al points out that Ms. Kennedy’s lawyer, Gerald Lefcourt, was the defense attorney for Black Panthers. And, now, he’s defending an over-pampered White Kennedy Black Panther wannabe. Figures.
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