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Kennedy wife freed in drink drive case

The wife of Robert F Kennedy Jr settled her drink driving case without jail time last night by pleading guilty to a minor charge.

Mary Kennedy admitted in court that her driving ability was impaired when she drove over a curb outside a school in Bedford, 30 miles north of New York City, in May.

Robert Kennedy, who has reportedly filed for divorce, was not in court. He also was not among the many relatives and friends who wrote supportive letters to the judge.

Robert Kennedy's mother, Ethel, and his sister Kerry wrote letters, with Ethel telling the judge her daughter-in-law is "kind, loving, gentle and generous".

The charge of driving while ability impaired is a violation and carries no jail time. The judge fined Kennedy $500 (€390), suspended her driving licence for 90 days and ordered her to attend two drink-driving programs.


The judge told Kennedy the letters from family and friends, praised "your life, your role as a parent".

"I hope we don't see you here again," he added.

Kennedy was arrested May 15 on a charge of driving drunk after a police officer reported seeing her drive over the curb. Her only passenger was a dog.

Police said her blood-alcohol level was 0.11pc; the legal limit is 0.08pc.

Robert Kennedy, an environmental lawyer, is the son of Senator Robert F Kennedy and nephew of President John F Kennedy, both assassinated in the 1960s. Mary Kennedy is his second wife. They have four children.