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Closing arguments offered in Kerry Kennedy trial

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Kerry Kennedy (file photo) Kerry Kennedy (file photo)
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The courtroom was packed during closing arguments in the drugged-driving trial of Kerry Kennedy in White Plains.

The jury heard more about Kennedy and her famous family. The defense really played that up during summations. She is the niece of the late president, daughter of Bobby Kennedy, and ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But the prosecution said regardless of who Kennedy is, she committed and isn't exempt from the law.

Defense attorneys displayed Kennedy's seemingly identical pill bottles for the jury, saying what she did was something any of us could do. Defense lawyer Gerald Lefcourt told the jury: "This is simply a mistake of ingesting the Zolpidem," better known as Ambien. Kennedy has maintained she accidentally took the sleeping aid instead of her thyroid medication on July 13, 2013. She said on the stand on Wednesday that she blacked out when she got on I-684 and doesn't remember side swiping a tractor trailer.

But the prosecution argues Kennedy, who has been taking the medication for 10 years, should have pulled over when she started to feel sleepy.

"It makes no sense based on the sciences of this powerful sleeping aid, that at no point did she felt tired or drowsy," Doreen Lloyd, the lead prosecutor, said in court.

Defense attorneys reminded the jury of Kennedy's commitment to her religion and family saying, "She's not seeking advances because of her family. She wants you to focus to the evidence, the lack of it."

Lloyd closed by taking a jab at the title of Kennedy's New York Times bestselling book called "Speak Truth to Power" and urged the jury to decide on a guilty verdict saying: "If you do, you will 'speak truth to power' and convict Kerry Kennedy of the crime she committed on July 13th, 2012."

The jury will begin deliberations Friday.

If Kerry is found guilty of the misdemeanor charge, she could lose her driver license and spend a year in jail, which likely won't happen since she doesn't have a criminal record.

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