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Trial Date Set for Douglas Kennedy Case

Meanwhile, mixed bag on Kennedy subpoena request: Denial of nurses' records but approval for getting hospital's policy.

Douglas Kennedy is headed for a trial in connection with an alleged altercation between him and nurses that i

Village Justice John Donohue set the trial date for Oct. 22, at 9:30 a.m.

Kennedy came to Mount Kisco Justice Court Thursday evening for an update on his charges stemming from the incident, which involve endangering the welfare of a child and harassment, which are a misdemeanor and a violation, respectively.

Kennedy left quickly with his wife, Molly, for their ride. Follow by a group of reporters, he was adamant in his defense.

"It's okay for a father to want to be with his son," he said.

It was a mixed result, meanwhile, in terms of getting materials

On one hand, Donohue granted Kennedy's request to require NWH to produce items relating to its policies on children. They include, an attorney for Kennedy explained, taking a child from the hospital against medical advice, removing the child from the hospital (in general), moving the child with a bassinet.

However, Kennedy was denied some other items, attorney Robert Gottlieb acknowledged during a press conference held after the court appearance. They included medical and personnel records for the nurses, Cari Luciano and Anna Lane.

Gottlieb, at a June court date, relates to the nurses' credibility.

In addition, more video than the surveillance footage given so far of the alleged scuffles was requested. Gottlieb said it was not available.

“We’re told that all video that pertains to us has already been turned over," he said. Gottlieb wanted video from two hours before, and two hours after, the alleged incident.

David Poppick, an attorney for NWH, told the court that they will comply, after Donohue stated his order for the policy information.

The court date was brief, in contrast , in which attorneys for Kennedy and NWH, and a county prescutor argued over a subpoena for personnel and policy records from the hospital.

Gottlieb felt grateful for Donohue's decision.

“To this date, while we’ve heard, time and time again, that Mr. Kennedy violated policy, we simply as of today have not been told what the policy is," he said. "All we ask for–and thankfully the judge granted our application–is for the hospital now to turn over any policy that they contend, allege, Mr. Kennedy violated.”

A planned inspection of the hospital, where the incident is alleged to have happened, is still be discussed between each side, Gottlieb told the press. He mentioned that the hospital has been cooperative.

Asked by a reporter about any hypothetical plea deal or settlement, Gottlieb dismissed the idea.

“The only way to resolve this case is for the charges to be dismissed," he said. "There’s no crime that was committed here.”

Kennedy was met with protest, as with his previous court dates, by members of the New York State Nurses Association. The group reiterates its belief that he should have been charged with a felony. Luciano and Lane during the alleged Jan. 7 incidents.

The group of nurses shouted jeers during the evening and were around him, standing by several from the media, as Kennedy and his wife, Molly, left the courthouse.

"Kennedy, Kennedy can't you see? Assaulting a nurse is a felony!" they chanted.

Asked why the group made another appearance, Eileen Letzeiser, a vice chairperson for the association said, “We want to just keep a presence to the fact that there is a law on the books and our fellow nurses–our colleagues–were injured.”

The group has stated that a law from 2010 makes it a felony to assault a nurse.

Jackie Snow August 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
There are rules in place at all hospital's newborn nursery. There are security systems in place. They are there to safeguards and should be respected by all. Just because your last name is Kennedy, it does not give you the right to breech the security. Why would any normal person want to take their newborn baby out for a walk in early January? It is cold in New York and the baby was not dressed for the weather. Mr, Kennedy had the rest of his life to spend time with his son. The nurses were doing their job. Mr. Kennedy was wrong. If they let him get away with this, then how will any hospital...anywhere....stop another father from wanting to take a stroll with their newborn baby. Rules are rules...even if your last name is Kennedy.
Jackie Snow August 24, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Courageous parents...how are they courageous? Mr, Kennedy was disobeying hospital policies. Everyone else on the maternity floor had to abide by the rules before this incident and since this incident. Why should Mr. Kennedy be given a pass on this rule? Sad, very sad his Dad was killed when he was young but his Dad believed in the law and so should Douglas Kennedy. If he is allowed to get away with this, how will any hospital be able to stop a parent who wants to take a stroll outside the hospital with their newborn? As far as your comments about nurses...this is America. The nurses have a right to voice their outrage at Mr. Kennedy. They did not harm to anyone. I hope his October appearance is met by an even larger group of nurses. Nurses have a problem with entitlement issues...NURSES....the best laugh of my week. The Kennedy Family certainly have a strong sense of entitlement and connections.
Harry One August 24, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Any one else would be in jail but a Kennedy move back to Mass and take Robert and kerry and her drugs
C.O. August 28, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Mr. Butler - may I ask what makes having five children courageous? I think the nurses who go to work each day and are continually harassed by patients, family, visitors and at times administration are the courageous ones. They do this thankless job and care for ignorant people such as yourself without regard to a patient's 'entitlement'. You seem to be the one with poorly suppressed anger issues. If you had taken any time to research using evidence-based, peer reviewed studies you may have recognized the nurses who attempted to stop Mr. Kennedy from taking his two-day old son outside for fresh air, on a cold January day, wrapped in a cotton blanket and a cotton cap (responsible parenting?) were following safety guidelines of which they were given information upon admission. Please spare us your ignorance and do some research before opening your mouth to stick your foot in.
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