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Kerry Kennedy: Family Name Didn't Play Role In Acquittal In White Plains

Kerry Kennedy maintains that her family name did not help in her acquittal from drugged driving charges.
Kerry Kennedy maintains that her family name did not help in her acquittal from drugged driving charges. Photo Credit: Casey Donahue, File

BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford resident Kerry Kennedy said her family name had nothing to do with her acquittal from a DWI charge in a Monday interview on NBC's "Today."

Kennedy said her access to "competent counsel" was the reason for the "not guilty" verdict.

Kennedy was found not guilty of driving while under the influence of drugs, claiming she accidentally took a sleeping pill instead of a prescribed medication for a thyroid condition. She sideswiped a tractor-trailer on I-684 in July of 2012 before being found asleep at the wheel in her car later that day.

Click here to read the full "Today" report and watch the video of the interview .