Douglas Kennedy Acquitted Of Charges In Hospital Tussle

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Douglas Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted Tuesday of criminal charges that stemmed from a Jan. 7 incident on the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco.
Douglas Kennedy, youngest son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, was acquitted Tuesday of criminal charges that stemmed from a Jan. 7 incident on the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. Photo Credit: New York Daily News

MOUNT KISCO, N.Y. — Douglas Kennedy, son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, has been acquitted of child endangerment and harassment charges in a case that stemmed from a Jan. 7 incident at Mount Kisco's Northern Westchester Hospital.

Hospital nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane said they were attempting to prevent Kennedy from leaving the maternity ward with his 2-day-old son, Bo, after Kennedy reportedly told hospital staff that he wanted to take the baby outside for "fresh air."

The nurses testified that Kennedy twisted Lane’s arm as she held the doorknob to a stairwell, then kicked Luciano in the groin as she reached toward the baby.

Mount Kisco Justice John Donahue found Kennedy not guilty on Tuesday. During the nonjury trial, which began on Oct. 22 and lasted for five days of testimony, the prosecution tried to prove Kennedy was guilty of two counts of harassment, a violation, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

During the trial, the defense attempted to paint the nurses as calculating opportunists who were trying to set up a chance to win cash in a civil lawsuit.

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I'm sorry, if this was ANY other person on the PLANET they would be the guest of the NY State Penal system right now.......
This man twisted the arm of one nurse and kicked the other in the groin!!!!!!!
Irregardless of what and how the nurses spoke to the man, NO ONE deserves to be treated in this manner by anyone, especially a lawyer!!!!
My hat is off to the nurses who were doing their duty. I am sorry you have been put though this ordeal. As for the court and Mr. Kennedy, you may have won the battle but I hope you don't win the war. Your both a disgrace.
To the nurses, If you decide to try case in civil court I'm one who would write a check for your legal fees. Please post the address.

Let this be a lesson to us all. Money buys verdicts - not literally, but figuratively. Big $$$ attorney + high profile defdt. + bench trial (no jury) = reasonable doubt in many cases. Essentially, the judge blamed Kennedy's actions on the nurses - self defense! Karma Mr. Kennedy. Karma!

All 3 of my kids were born in that hospital and the rules were always made crystal clear! You don't take the baby off the floor!
Why is Kennedy different?
What an ass.

Need some justice to go your way. I have just the judge and the court for you.

I guess it is open territory on kicking, opps I meant pushing away nurses with our feet.

Seriously, anyone else would be in jail.

Hopefully the good people of the village Mt. Kisco, towns of Bedford and New Castle will remember this Judge Donahue the next time he seeks election. What a disgrace, to let the bully and his bully lawyer get away with this.