WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — Kerry Kennedy testified at her drugged-driving trial Wednesday that she has no memory of swerving into a tractor-trailer on a suburban New York highway and never sensed that she was becoming impaired after accidentally taking a sleeping pill.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A former mayor whose corruption conviction was thrown into question by an appeals court struck a deal that would allow him to be freed from prison after serving half his two-year sentence.
By Victoria Cavaliere WHITE PLAINS, New York (Reuters) - A daughter of assassinated U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy told a court on Wednesday that she had not realized she had taken a sleeping pill before sideswiping a truck in 2012 and that her memory of the incident was "jumbled." Kerry Kennedy said on the third day of her impaired driving trial that she had intended to take a thyroid medication before getting into her silver Lexus, rather than the sleeping aid zolpidem, known by its brand name Ambien. Defense attorneys said the drug's effects were so quick and so powerful that Kennedy was essentially "sleep driving" and was unaware of her actions.
In his effort to keep Detroit on a fast track to end its historic bankruptcy, the city's emergency manager has cobbled together a plan to cajole or even threaten key creditors to accept cuts he laid out in federal court filings last week, or else face even deeper losses if they do not cooperate. Kevyn Orr has every incentive to keep the parties in line. If he wins broad agreement with creditors, the city will gain access to some $815 million pledged by foundations and others to ease the bankruptcy blow on city retirees. Even so, his plan for dealing with Detroit's $18 billion of debt may drive a wedge between city workers and retirees and their unions and pension funds.
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The Texas state ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional on Wednesday by a U.S. federal judge, who declared a stay on the decision, meaning that the ban stays in effect. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia said the law excludes the two couples who brought the suit from the constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. "These Texas laws deny Plaintiffs access to the institution of marriage and its numerous rights, privileges, and responsibilities for the sole reason that Plaintiffs wish to be married to a person of the same sex," Garcia wrote. The matter has been deferred to Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the judge said.
By Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that lawyers, insurance brokers and others who worked with convicted swindler Allen Stanford cannot avoid lawsuits by investors seeking to recoup losses incurred in his $7 billion Ponzi scheme. New York-based law firms Chadbourne & Parke and Proskauer Rose and insurance brokerage Willis Group Holdings Plc were all sued by former Stanford investors. Writing for the majority, Justice Stephen Breyer said the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act did not prevent the state lawsuits from proceeding. The law says that state lawsuits are barred when the alleged misrepresentations are "in connection with" the purchase or sale of a covered security.