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redbrian
06-13-2006, 04:25 PM
It must really suck to be a Kennedy, you can commit manslaughter, rape, dui, smuggling, you name it and you get away with a hand slap at the most.

And the best part the folks in the NE slobber all over your ass and vote you into a job where you live high of the hog on hard working peopleís taxes.


Get out your hanky, this is so cruel to the boy the court was so unjust.


http://dailynews.att.net/cgi-bin/news?e=pri&dt=060613&cat=news&st=newsd8i7ivjg0&src=ap


Updated 5:35 PM ET June 13, 2006


By ANDREW MIGA

WASHINGTON (AP) - Rep. Patrick Kennedy pleaded guilty Tuesday to driving under the influence of prescription drugs and was sentenced to undergo court-ordered drug treatment and a year's probation.

Kennedy, D-R.I., also was ordered to pay at least $350 in connection with his middle-of-the-night car crash last month near the Capitol.

Two other charges against Kennedy were dismissed: reckless driving and failure to exhibit a driving permit.

Accompanied by his lawyer, Kennedy entered his plea Tuesday afternoon before Superior Court Magistrate Judge Aida Melendez.

"I am pleading guilty to driving under the influence," Kennedy said.

Melendez ordered Kennedy to undergo court-monitored drug treatment and pay $350 _ $250 of which would go to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington, and $100 to a crime victims' fund. She also gave Kennedy a 10-day jail sentence that he would serve if he violated the terms of his probation, and she ordered him to serve 50 hours of community service with the boys and girls club.



"Today in court, I suffered the consequences of my actions," Kennedy told reporters outside the courthouse. "I look forward today to moving on to the next chapter in my life."

Kennedy was joined in court by Rep. Jim Ramstad, R-Minn., who is his sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous. Ramstad said he'd had a "wake-up call" similar to Kennedy's several years ago.

"I'm grateful he has accepted his addiction and he is going to be just fine one day at a time," Ramstad said.

Under the terms of his plea deal, Kennedy must attend weekly meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and a recovery group facilitated by his physician, Dr. Ronald Smith. He must check in with Ramstad once a week and submit to random urine screenings.

Kennedy also has to meet regularly with a "qualified psychiatrist to monitor mood symptoms, anxiety and use of psychotropic prescription medications," according to court documents.

Kennedy was booked on the three charges at Capitol Police headquarters about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to police spokeswoman Sgt. Kimberly Schneider.

Kennedy returned to Congress last week after nearly a month of treatment for addiction to prescription pain drugs at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

The six-term congressman, who has struggled with addiction since high school, entered the clinic one day after the May 4 crash on Capitol Hill that he said he could not remember.

The accident has raised questions about whether Kennedy, 38, was drinking and had received special treatment by police, who did not conduct field sobriety tests. He has denied consuming alcohol before the crash.

In the hours before the crash, Kennedy said he returned home from work and took a sleeping pill, Ambien, and Phenergan, a prescription anti-nausea drug that can cause drowsiness. He said he did not consume alcohol.

Kennedy crashed his green 1997 Ford Mustang convertible into a security barrier near the Capitol about 3 a.m. The officer listed alcohol influence as a contributing factor in the crash and noted that Kennedy was "ability impaired," with red, watery eyes, slurred speech and unsteady balance, according to the accident report.

Police did not conduct field sobriety tests on Kennedy. A police union official has said the officers involved in the accident were instructed by a superior to take the congressman home. Kennedy has denied asking for special treatment.

Police had observed Kennedy's car, with no headlights on, swerve into the wrong lane and strike a curb. Kennedy nearly hit a police car, the report said, and did not respond to the officer's efforts to pull him over. He continued at a slower speed before hitting a security barrier head-on, the report said.

Kennedy told the police officer he was "headed to the Capitol to make a vote," the report said. He was cited for failure to keep in the proper lane, traveling at "unreasonable speed" and failing to "give full time and attention" to operating his vehicle.

Kennedy's office has said that it has not received those initial citations.

Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

banyon
06-13-2006, 04:52 PM
That's a fairly standard diversion agreement if he had no prior convictions.

patteeu
06-13-2006, 07:05 PM
Just because he's a Kennedy doesn't mean he should have the book thrown at him when he does something wrong. If this were some joe blow, I wouldn't think he deserved a harsh penalty so I'm not upset about this. Unlike Ted's experience with DUI, Patrick's indiscretion didn't hurt anyone. My take is that we should be thankful about that and hope he's learned a lesson and that we should applaud him for the way he's dealt with it.

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-13-2006, 07:40 PM
Laura Bush wasted someone with a car, where's your moral outrage there?

Bootlegged
06-13-2006, 07:48 PM
Laura Bush wasted someone with a car, where's your moral outrage there?

And teh Clintons have killed no less than 3 people, where is your outrage? Get real.

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-13-2006, 07:51 PM
And teh Clintons have killed no less than 3 people, where is your outrage? Get real.

Of course you can clearly prove the "Vince Foster was murdered" hypocrisy so blatantly espoused by the Axe Grinders and psychopaths of the Arkansas Project and the sycophants of Richard Mellon Scaife.

Per Wiki, you dumb bastard:

Fatal car accident
On November 6, 1963, two days after she turned 17, Bush (then Laura Welch) was driving her Chevrolet sedan with her classmate Judy Dyke. It was shortly after 8 p.m. on a clear night when Welch entered the intersection of State Highway 349 and Texas Farm Road 868 (now a four lane highway). Welch drove through the intersection's stop sign and collided with a Chevrolet Corvair sedan killing classmate Michael Dutton Douglas, also 17. Welch and Dyke sustained minor injuries; Douglas was later pronounced dead on arrival at Midland Memorial Hospital. Welch was not criminally charged in connection with the collision. In May 2000, a two-page police report about the car crash was made public, following a Freedom of Information Act request by journalists, due to the refusal of Midland officials to release the information. To this day, she does not talk publicly about the accident.

Bootlegged
06-13-2006, 07:53 PM
Of course you can clearly prove the "Vince Foster was murdered" hypocrisy so blatantly espoused by the Axe Grinders and psychopaths of the Arkansas Project and the sycophants of Richard Mellon Scaife.

Per Wiki, you dumb bastard:

Fatal car accident
On November 6, 1963, two days after she turned 17, Bush (then Laura Welch) was driving her Chevrolet sedan with her classmate Judy Dyke. It was shortly after 8 p.m. on a clear night when Welch entered the intersection of State Highway 349 and Texas Farm Road 868 (now a four lane highway). Welch drove through the intersection's stop sign and collided with a Chevrolet Corvair sedan killing classmate Michael Dutton Douglas, also 17. Welch and Dyke sustained minor injuries; Douglas was later pronounced dead on arrival at Midland Memorial Hospital. Welch was not criminally charged in connection with the collision. In May 2000, a two-page police report about the car crash was made public, following a Freedom of Information Act request by journalists, due to the refusal of Midland officials to release the information. To this day, she does not talk publicly about the accident.

Wow college boy, you don't think eveyone here can link to stories like that as well? God knows an angry Laura Bush has always had it out for other motorists.....she will kill anyone and everyone that stands in her way for literacy!!!

'Hamas' Jenkins
06-13-2006, 08:00 PM
Wow college boy, you don't think eveyone here can link to stories like that as well? God knows an angry Laura Bush has always had it out for other motorists.....she will kill anyone and everyone that stands in her way for literacy!!!

Nice attempt at deflection. You tried to call bs on a factual event with pure bullshit of your own and got called on it. Face it, you were "pwned".

Bootlegged
06-13-2006, 08:03 PM
Nice attempt at deflection. You tried to call bs on a factual event with pure bullshit of your own and got called on it. Face it, you were "pwned".


Yeah - I was owned on a well known 1963 event that happened 30 years before you were born! ROFL

Look at the thread title and see where the "deflection" occured. Then call Taco for some advice on how to squiggle. Run that thru a speech therapist and come back to me.