Kerry Kennedy, the daughter of former U.S. attorney general Robert F. Kennedy and ex-wife of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was found not guilty of driving under the influence in July 2012.
The four men and two women jury reached their verdict Friday morning. The trial had lasted four days.
According to The New York TImes, when the verdict was read, friends and family members in the courtroom seating area applauded and cheered. This included Kerry’s mother, Ethel Kennedy, 85.
Kerry Kennedy hugged one of her lawyers and patted the other on the back, and as she left the building Kennedy said she bore no ill will toward the prosecutors, reports The Times.
In her closing argument this week, Westchester County prosecutor Doreen Lloyd drew gasps in the courtroom when she took took pointed aim at Kennedy.
“Speak truth to power and convict Kerry Kennedy of the crime she committed,” Lloyd told the jury, reports New York’s Daily News.
In 2000, Kennedy wrote a book titled Speak Truth to Power, about human rights.
At the time of the incident, police said Kennedy was impaired by prescription drugs when she hit a big rig with her Lexus SUV and then fled the scene.
She was later found parked on the side of I-684 in North Castle, N.Y., and taken in for sobriety tests.
Kennedy was charged with misdemeanor driving while ability impaired and issued traffic tickets, police said.
She said in the course of trial testimony that she had mistaken her thyroid medicine for a generic sleeping pill.