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Kerry Kennedy Acquitted of Drugged Driving in New York

<p>Kerry Kennedy said she accidentally took a sleeping pill that caused her to swerve into a tractor-trailer in 2012.</p>
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Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy, has been found not guilty of drugged driving by a jury in New York.

Kennedy smiled as the verdict was read Friday, and her mother, Ethel Kennedy, hugged other relatives in the courtroom.

Kerry Kennedy was arrested in 2012 after she swerved into a tractor-trailer on an interstate highway, and tests later revealed a small amount of a sleeping medication in her blood.

She said on the stand during the trial that she believes she accidentally took the sleeping pill instead of her daily thyroid medication. Both were set out on the counter, in similar bottles, in preparation for an upcoming overseas trip.

Prosecutors had argued that she should have pulled over once she realized something was wrong. Her lawyers argued that she never realized she was impaired until after the crash.

The jury began deliberating Thursday afternoon after a trial that started on Monday.

Kennedy is the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the niece of President John F. Kennedy. Her famous family was brought up in court when she was asked about her background while on the stand.

Kennedy testified that she and her siblings were raised by their mother after their father died when she was 8.

"He was shot when he was running for president," she said.

The family lived in Virginia, she said, because "daddy" was the attorney general there.

— NBC New York