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Kerry Kennedy Set To Appear In White Plains Court Thursday

Bedford resident Kerry Kennedy's driving while impaired trial has been moved from Armonk to White Plains.
Bedford resident Kerry Kennedy's driving while impaired trial has been moved from Armonk to White Plains. Photo Credit: File Photo

ARMONK, N.Y. -- Bedford resident Kerry Kennedy is expected to appear at Westchester County Court Thursday for a pretrial conference.

A judge approved Kennedy's request to move her driving while impaired trial from North Castle Town Court to Westchester County Court in White Plains.

Justice Alan Scheinkman approved the request from Kennedy's attorneys who said the North Castle Town Court was too small to hold a trial for Kennedy.

Kennedy, a member of the famous political family, is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, the niece of John F. Kennedy and the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

"We felt it was too impractical to hold the trial in a meeting room in North Castle," Gerald Lefcourt, one of Kennedy's two attorneys said. "There wasn't room for spectators or the public. It was just impractical."

Lefcourt said he was also worried about security having received a "silly letter" threatening Kennedy.

"Who knows what's really out there," Lefcourt said. "We are very pleased this is going to be moved to a courtroom in White Plains. It will give everyone the ability to try the case in the appropriate venue."

Kennedy was arrested in July 2012 after she swerved her Lexus into a tractor-trailer on Interstate 684 in Armonk.  She was charged with driving under the influence of an unknown substance, for which she pleaded not guilty. Kennedy admitted to taking a small amount of Ambien prior to the crash, but claims she ingested it accidentally.

She tried to have her case dismissed in May 2013 but was denied.

Kennedy's other attorney, White Plains-based William Aronwald said back in October Kennedy would not take a plea deal.

"She is looking forward to her day in court," Aronwald said of the trial, which is expected to last between one and two weeks. "Accidental ingestion is not a criminal offense."

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