Judge: Kennedy trial too big for NY town courtroom

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 15, 2014 at 12:11 pm •  Published: January 15, 2014
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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — There's no jury box for the jurors, no tables for the lawyers, a shortage of space for the media and public and not enough bathrooms.

A judge ruled Wednesday that a small-town courtroom in New York cannot handle the drugged-driving case against Kerry Kennedy and ordered her trial moved to the Westchester County courthouse in White Plains.

Administrative Judge Alan Scheinkman said that although the charge against Kennedy is a misdemeanor that should be tried locally, that preference is overcome "where the physical limitations of a court facility are such that the demands of a particular case will overwhelm them."

Kennedy, who is daughter of the late Sen. Robert Kennedy and President John Kennedy's niece, swerved her Lexus into a tractor-trailer in 2012. Tests found a small amount of a sleeping drug in her blood. She says she accidentally took a sleeping pill.

A trial had been scheduled to start next week, but Kennedy's lawyers complained that the North Castle town courthouse in Armonk, actually a multipurpose meeting room, wouldn't work for a high-profile trial. They expressed concerns about juror facilities, working conditions and security.

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