February 27, 2014, - 8:54 am

PATHETIC: Kerry Kennedy Blames RFK Death @ Age 8 For Drugged Driving @ Age 53; Black Panthers’ Lawyer

By Debbie Schlussel


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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46 Responses

Gerald Lefcourt, her lawyer. Now there’s a familiar name. He defended the Black Panthers and other rabble rousers of the 60s. The links between the Democratic Party and the garbage protesters of the 60s grow ever stronger.

Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 8:59 am

” Asked how he died, Kennedy said, “He was killed while running for president.” ”

Seriously, she was asked that question?

They’re now calling it “affluenza” in Texas after a case where a Dallas attorney essentially got a little drunk-driver, wealthy-family, spoiled brat from Keller off after killing four people with his vehicle. He had just gotten another trust fund baby off after she participated in the disposal of the body after her boyfriend murdered a guy using her gun. I testified on her behalf because she was basically still a child at fifty something after being brain damaged in a car wreck.

Hey, wanna get off? Get rich.

Pray Hard on February 27, 2014 at 9:24 am

Not that it’s an excuse, but drug/alcohol abuse is very prevalent among trust fund types. They never grow up. Texas is full of them. Being born into a wealthy family isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be.

Pray Hard on February 27, 2014 at 9:27 am

Debbie, one word, the first word in your headline, pretty much sums it all up. PATHETIC. That this family even has ANY cache in America is disgusting. And I echo what Pray Hard said about trust fund babies, drugs, alcohol, overall dysfunctional nature, etc.

Love those correlations. And her father was killed while running for president? That doesn’t answer the question, which was HOW did he die? In other words, Kerry, shot, stabbed, vehicular accident, poisoning, fistfight, combat related injuries, run over by a subway train? Get it? What an answer, he was killed while running for president. Is that anything like DWK, driving while Kennedy?

And on another note, Ms. Kennedy, I once shook your father’s hand when I was 11, WHILE HE WAS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT. I don’t know where my next meal, or next day of work is coming from. So, how about a nice check for ohhhh, say, 50 g’s. I still haven’t washed that hand.



Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 27, 2014 at 9:40 am

So is the kennedy card bigger and more powerful than the race card?

ender on February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

Interesting question, ender. Let me just say, in my opinion of having been on this earth for 57.326 years, the Kennedy’s are untouchable.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 27, 2014 at 10:04 am

    Alfredo, you are sort of right about the Kennedy’s being untouchable. Two weren’t. My late grandpa, upon hearing of the R. Kennedy’s death, said, “Two down, one to go.”

    WilliamMunny on March 1, 2014 at 5:29 pm

Hey, give her a break. Maybe that incident really screwed her up for life. She should still go to jail, though.

David on February 27, 2014 at 10:09 am

The Kennedy’s just won’t go away as well as the Clintons and the Bushes. Will we ever get some relief from those obnoxious and noxious families?

Jerry G on February 27, 2014 at 10:11 am

what a sorrowful bunch this generation of kennedys are.. most exemplified by JPK jr who has been lying in bed with the Jew and Israel hating,muslim terrorist loving govt of Valenzuela , all for a few truckloads of heating fuel that Joe P k jr lets himself be bribed with so he can get on tv and expound upon how generous and wonderful the Valenzuelan govt is…..” hey, Joseph P Kennedy Jr, a Palestinian terrorist murdered your father ,you dope”….I knew RFK, and Joe, ” youre no RFK “

HK on February 27, 2014 at 10:12 am

I do have to wonder about the prosecutor. Anyone without any legal background or knowledge would know that the questions about childhood history are irrelevant. Family history isn’t the point of the trial. I don’t believe in conspiracies but this does look like someone was paid off or blackmailed.

jerry on February 27, 2014 at 10:15 am

Jerry, your salient point was in your last sentence. IT’S THE KENNEDY’S. Kind of like saying, it was a Saudi Prince. Untouchable.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 27, 2014 at 10:21 am

Trash is trash, garbage is garbage, no matter how much Glade is sprayed around, the odor remains.

Victoryman on February 27, 2014 at 10:24 am

Hey, how about this one?

How many Kennedy’s does it take to . . .

nahhhhh, never mind.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 27, 2014 at 10:46 am

Damn Massachusetts Yankees starting with Joseph P. Kennedy, have been screwing up America since the 1920’s. Shippem back to Ireland where they came from along with all of that Liberalism.

The Confederacy on February 27, 2014 at 11:50 am

I’ve never had a DUI conviction.

This is a personal choice in driving drunk/drugged – and fame or wealth should not be an excuse to keep you from facing justice.

But that’s the Kennedys for ya – they think they’re above the law because well – they’re Kennedys!

Someone should have reminded Kerry Kennedy of the old, true and trite adage: “ignorance of the law is no excuse.” And just because you come from a famous family, more should be expected of you than from lesser mortals.

And blaming your felony offense on dear ol’ Dad gets kinda old. Let’s hope the jury sees it for what it is here – an evasion and failure to take personal responsibility for her action – that could easily gotten someone killed.

NormanF on February 27, 2014 at 1:58 pm

That’s hoping for a lot in NY, Norman, where the Kennedys wear crowns.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on February 27, 2014 at 2:40 pm

It wasn’t her driving the car. The real impaired driver was on the grassy knoll.

CornCoLeo on February 27, 2014 at 3:51 pm

Her father’s murder is too remote.


“The devil made me do it”.

Hilarious! She is truly trailor park trash!

Darrell L. Hicks, of Blessed Memory on February 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

Oh come now. This is not cause for an anti-Kennedy rant. Nor should it be used as an opportunity for guilt-by-association charges. Kerry Kennedy (“KK”) hired Gerald Lefcourt because he’s a first-rate criminal attorney who has a record of successes with some very tough and controversial cases. He was the former president of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. When a person is in serious trouble, like KK was, you want the best criminal defense you can get.

We can be fairly certain that Lefcourt was behind the legal strategy decision to invoke the RFK assasination as means of gaining jury sympathy, and KK would not have thought of this on her own. Moreover, because her father’s murder was a very traumatic and scarring event in her past, KK would naturally be very convincing in bringing the emotions associated with that tragic event to the fore. I can readily see how Lefcourt would make use of her emotional rendering of the event–even though long in the past–as a means to not only to generate sympathy for his client, but, ironically, to make HER appear to a victim. It’s a brilliant strategy when you think about it.

As for the legal relevance of that past, judges often give defendants considerable slack regarding such “state of mind” issues, leaving it to the fact-finder, the jury, to determine the weight, if any, that those considerations should be given. You should keep in mind, that the defendant’s strategy could have backfired, and there was a risk that such testimony would not only be discounted, but could go against the defendant as well.

Ralph Adamo on February 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Yes, these ‘brilliant strategies’ were responsible for a lot of leftist criminals not being called to justice in past decades.

    Obviously Lefcourt is a good (if good means able to influence verdicts) lawyer, and just as obviously, there are many other lawyers who would have been equally good who would not have had the distasteful past of Lefcourt.

    His professional positions say more about the leftist tendencies of many criminal lawyers than they do about anything else.

    And society is paying a long-term price for these ‘brilliant’ strategies that have short-term success for their clients but long-term adverse impact for society.

    Imagine, Fred Hampton being seen as a hero by the left, and those they can influence, today. Imagine, a new adulatory book about the Black Panthers, which glosses away their criminal history. Imagine a terrorist friend of the President. Imagine rabble-rousers on campuses such as Michigan and Dartmouth threatening phyisical harm unless their demands are met — just like the sixties, except this is happening right now.

    Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

      And Guilt by Association? The Communist Party gets credit/responsibility for that term. It originated in the late 40s when the Communist Party leadership was being attacked under the Smith Act. It is a testament to the skill of Communist propagandists that the term has entered our vocabulary.

      I see nothing wrong with Guilt by Association here, or in most other cases where it is applied concerning the left, including by Sen. McCarthy, the greatest Senator of the 20th Century.

      There are clearly standards of conduct and elitism prevailing in the Kennedy extended family, traditions of elitism, contempt for society as a whole, and assessments that they can do anything they want and get away with it because they are Kennedys. Even though Kerry Kennedy probably wouldn’t win an IQ contest, I suspect she would have thought of invoking the family name even without Lefcourt, since that family has been invoking the Kennedy name to get special privileges for half a century.

      Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 5:35 pm

        And last, but not least, imagine the Muslim criminals/terrorists getting away with mayhem and murder because of the strength of politically correct attitudes. While the origin or these attitudes is complex, the erosion of standards of right and wrong, which the criminal defense lawyers have done so much to demote (I”m not going to use the word ‘promote’ to describe this) has certainly played an important role. I am disgusted by all of this, and I am equally disgusted by the fact that so much of the political, cultural and business elite condones (to say the least) this behavior.

        Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 5:47 pm

        Well, if you want to play the silly guilt-by-association game, then the Kennedys must also be great in the same way that Sen. McCarthy was, since RFK worked for him, something that RFK took considerable heat for from the liberals at the time.

        Ralph Adamo on February 27, 2014 at 9:28 pm

          What am I supposed to make of this comment? Kennedy worked for him briefly, on an opportunistic basis. He did not have the commitment to fighting Communism that McCarthy had. He was on his way up and just saw his work for McCarthy as a stepping-stone.

          And I guess you just didn’t understand my comments, as was the case a couple of nights ago. I have a very high opinion of McCarthy as you know, so I would not consider someone ‘guilty’ for working for him. It should be seen as an honor, not something to be guilty about.

          Most regular contributors on this blog are conservative, and not admirers of the Kennedy family. If you consider Debbie’s comments to be a ‘rant’, maybe you are commenting on the wrong blog.

          And although you raised the term ‘guilt by association’ you did not deal with it substantively. I explained how certain attitudes and lifestyles have been characteristic of the broader Kennedy family for decades, and that Kerry Kennedy is part of that tradition.

          She spent her whole life in that milieu, and is clearly a part of it, and associated with it. So ‘association’ is clear. And the Kennedy tradition of disregard for anyone but them, as Jonathan ably pointed out, extends throughout the family. Since it is antisocial, I do consider it ‘guilt’.

          I also think you need to apologize to the regulars you insulted yesterday with your inflammatory and provocative remarks.

          Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    And then there is the use of the condescending phrase “come now”. This irksome phrase suggests that your adversary is insisting on an unjustifiable position that defies reason and logic, and is holding on to such a position because of (probably juvenile( stubbornness. Another rhetorical device to discredit an opponent without dealing with substance.

    Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      And leaving issues like the Kennedy past/tragedy/antisocial to a jury? Is this an example of reason governing emotion? The use of emotion and twisted logic is so common among most defense attorneys that the LSAT even has logic problems, I guess as a predictor of how easily lawyers will be able to twist logic as they enter into their careers.

      And this is not a justification of emotion Ralph?

      Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm

The Kennedys are the best argument for post-natal abortion.

The only good Kennedy is a dead Kennedy.

Kennedy + blondes + a motor vehicle = death

Oh, why did Sirhan Sirhan have to stop at one?

Mary Joe Kopeckne (sp?) gave her life for her country..her death prevented another Kennedy demagogue from being president.

Did you know that JFK Jr. had a dandruff problem? After he crashed his plane, they found his head and shoulders on the beach.

Jonathan E. Grant on February 27, 2014 at 4:51 pm

    The CIA and the Mafia agree with you, JEG.

    Ralph Adamo on February 27, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      Most of the Kennedy’s died as a result of stupidity…skiing into trees, flying planes without knowing how to fly, drug overdose.

      Yes, the dead Kennedy industry has blamed the CIA, the Mafia, the Easter Bunny, Richard Nixon, the Masons, the Jews, the Israelis, the Republicans, etc for the assassinations. And not one iota of evidence supports anything other than a lone gunman. Just good solid shooting any semi-skilled marksman could have done.

      Jonathan E. Grant on February 27, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    In the context of the early 60’s, being liberal and a democrat was a good thing. JFK was a good man. That generation knew how to lead. Today liberals and democrats only know how to mislead.

    HK on February 27, 2014 at 8:08 pm

Thinking about it Ralph, you should also apologize to Debbie. I know she likes to see people treat each other with mutual respect on this blog, and adapt civil and courteous tones. Your sarcastic and incendiary comments, both yesterday, and on several other occasions, really debase those standards.

Little Al on February 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm

jeg, given your level of ignorance regarding this particular subject, I hope that you are at least experiencing some measure of bliss.

Ralph Adamo on February 28, 2014 at 1:32 am

Even Andrew Cuomo got tired of this louse, which tells you something.

Worry on February 28, 2014 at 2:03 am

Joe McCarthy was an alcoholic and was also a closet homosexual–just like his most trusted associates and advisors, Roy Cohn, David Shine, and J. Edgar Hoover (who supplied McCarthy with some of his information). But McCarthy was a homosexual in the same way that Larry Craig was. McCarthy thus felt compelled to hide behind an anti-homosexual mask. But rather than confront his own inner demons directly, as a person of genuine character would–McCarthy sought to demonize others as means of psychologically overcompensating for his deficiencies.

Ralph Adamo on February 28, 2014 at 3:27 am

Ralph, even if everything you are saying about McCarthy was entirely correct, which it is not, it doesn’t substantively challenge any of McCarthy’s actions.

Even if his motives were base, that does not, in and of itself, invalidate his political actions.

But you have not even provided documentation for your broad, oversweeping, psychological analysis. And by documentation I mean a solid scholarly analysis, not some screwy web site.

A few weeks ago I would have said I was surprised at you, but now, unfortunately, nothing you say surprises me.

Little Al on February 28, 2014 at 3:42 am

I also recognize that your last two comments are a way of obliquely and gratuitously insulting some of our regular contributors. It is childish, and I repeat that you owe apologies to a number of people associated with this web site.

Little Al on February 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

Ambien can cause blackout episodes and unusual behaviors.

DS_ROCKS! on February 28, 2014 at 4:36 pm

“obliquely and gratuitously insulting”? Your double-standards are so transparent that your arguments are absurd. What you are really saying is that you’re perfectly fine with insults as long as you agree with the political expressions expressed; otherwise, you have a problem. Even your own message has that same double-standard. I suppose that you’d enjoy fantasizing that you’re Joe McCarthy, seeking to shut down “objectionable” free speech, books, etc. Just the kind of things the commies would want to do. In the end, the so-called ultra-left and ultra-right are the same thing.

Ralph Adamo on February 28, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I have no answer to your relentless and compelling logic.

Incidentally, “double standard” is not hyphenated.

Little Al on February 28, 2014 at 8:29 pm

Thanks, little al. I’ve enjoyed confabulating with you. (In the formal sense of that word. You can look that up in your Funk and Wagnalls when you get home.)

Ralph Adamo on February 28, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Given the degeneration of the English language in recent decades, something that can be easily discerned from your posts, the older dictionaries may well be better.

    Little Al on March 1, 2014 at 8:17 am

    I don’t know what an “formal” definition of a word would be, but the following is what you seem to have in mind:

    “to fill in gaps in memory by fabrication”

    skzion on March 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm

Evidently, given Kerry’s “not guilty” verdict, the jury bought her C&B “hearts and flowers” story. That and her being a Kennedy. Too potent a combo to make her even nominally accountable for her behavior at that point.

But about the point . . .
“[John F.] Kennedy worked for [Sen. Joseph McCarthy] briefly, on an opportunistic basis. He did not have the commitment to fighting Communism that McCarthy had. He was on his way up and just saw his work for McCarthy as a stepping-stone.”
. . . Teddy Kennedy, in all his years (too many to count) in the Senate, was good friends with Sen. Orrin Hatch. One person I know claimed this was proof Teddy wasn’t all that “liberal.” But it seems more a case of Hatch not being all that conservative.

ConcernedPatriot on March 1, 2014 at 4:46 am

And Ralph, a couple more examples of your intellectual dishonesty from your posts Friday evening:

First, since you make unfavorable comments about Joe McCarthy, what did he do concretely that you think is wrong? I’d appreciate specifics, e.g. incorrect use of ‘guilt by association’, or inappropriate investigations. Again, I’d appreciate specificity and references to specific individuals whom you believe were victimized by him.

Second, your final quote really doesn’t surprise me since you speak highly of leftist criminal defense lawyers. I guess you’ve given up criticizing me for specific things that I have said; now you attribute traits or lack of knowledge to me for which you have no evidence. I realize that these are tricks of unscrupulous attorneys (please excuse the redundancy), but on this blog, you need a little more than these parlor tricks.

Little Al on March 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

I hate to say this but this woman will walk or just a slap on the wrist. Most of her peers if this goes to trial will sympathize with her even without evoking my dad was shot defense. Sad that people can use their family name and get away with almost anything. Funny how the liberals that accuse the Koch brothers and other “evil” right wing families somehow give a pass to their own side of dynasties.

Mario on March 3, 2014 at 8:24 pm

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