Kerry Kennedy Denies Playing "Kennedy Card" in Drugged Driving Trial
Kerry Kennedy – whose lawyers repeatedly invoked the memory of her late father Robert F. Kennedy and uncle John F. Kennedy during her drugged driving trial – on Monday called accusations that she played “the Kennedy card” all wrong.
She beat the rap after last week’s four-day trial, she insisted, on the fact that she could afford top flight lawyers and was willing to fight the case.
“I think that I won this case for three basic reasons. Number one, I was innocent. Number two, I had competent counsel. And number three, I was willing to bring it to trial. And those are things that many, many Americans have no access to,” Kennedy said on “The Today Show.”
“If your name were Kerry Jones, do you think you would have the same outcome?” host Matt Lauer asked.
“We’ve got to pass legislation which will allow people to have access to competent counsel no matter who they are. For so many people who have misdemeanors, are not able to afford counsel. They can’t go out and hire lawyers and therefore, they plead to something that they didn’t do.”
Note that the subject avoided answering the question, making the question sensitive to her.
Note the pronoun "we" is used in response to a personal question.
When she took the stand she said,
“Daddy was the attorney general during the civil rights movement and then a senator,”
As a 54 year old woman, she refers to her father as "Daddy" under oath.
Her lawyer asked, "Why were you raised in Virginia?"
Kennedy: “I have 10 brothers and sisters. My mother raised us because my father died when I was 8. He was killed while running for president.”
“This is actually the 50th anniversary of the Criminal Justice Act, which was a seminal piece of legislation my father passed as attorney general to assure access to counsel for indigent criminal defendants. We need that in states across our country. We don’t have that in New York state today,” she said.