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.

robert pidgeon August 10, 2012 at 01:57 AM
this is not breaking news who cares???
Harry One August 10, 2012 at 02:34 AM
AH August 10, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Hes an Obama lover anyway so who cares about him
bill butler August 10, 2012 at 03:46 AM
Perhaps the shouting crowd of nurses jeering at the courageous parents of five young children is at the core of this case. These nurses need help with anger and entitlement issues that have become dangerous to patients and family members on the floors of our hospitals.
AmericanDeadEnd August 10, 2012 at 09:11 AM
If only Kennedy was a Romney lover instead of an Obama lover -- then everything would be o.k.
Anne Latella August 10, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Kennedy is a Obama follower because he is also a bully. Typical Kennedy behavior. They not only think they are above the law. They believe they are the law.
Anne Latella August 10, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Bill Butler if you ever need help from a nurse I hope they pass right by you while you wait for the Kennedy family to come in and give you a dose of their kind of medicine. These nurses need to receive a medal for having to put up with the Kennedy family and those like them.
Anne Latella August 10, 2012 at 12:24 PM
The people who appreciate the wonderful job nurses do are the ones who care and are offended by patients who abuse them.
sayitsnotsojack August 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM
More true words were never spoken.
RealTimeRufus August 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I wonder if Bo Kennedy is the youngest Kennedy ever to be wrapped up in a scandal. It's likely but not certain. I imagine Jack was groping nurses right out of the womb. What's sad is that such a young man will have to go to prison. He never even had a chance at life. The torch of scandal has been passed to a new generation. To whom much is given, much is expected. This young man held great promise but, as is frequently the case, people let you down. Farewell, Bo Kennedy. May you find inner peace in the prison library.
Harry One August 10, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Remember Teddy an mary JO
n.g. August 10, 2012 at 04:42 PM
mr butler- obviously you are not a nurse and you mustn't have any family or friends that are working as nurses. I have been an rn for 32 years and have encountered a broken nose, twisted arm, various scratches and bites from patients that i have cared for. I do not work with the mentally challenged- we are talking about people coming to a hospital and having a procedure done. I have had visitors spit on me and threaten me with physical violence- all while i am caring for their family memebers. If you went to work and encountered workplace violence i do beleive you wouldn't tolerate it- so why is it ok for RN's to be abused? N.G.
bill butler August 10, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Is it possible that the shocking and aggressive behavior exhibited by the crowd of nurses outside of the courtroom could be similiar to what happened in the hospital ? The level of emotional imbalance that some of these professionals endure calls for our compassion and prayers.
Abby Normal August 10, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Tom, Check the penal law. You'll find that simple assault is a misdemeanor at best.
US lass1 August 10, 2012 at 07:00 PM
Funny, I feel the same way about Douglas, anger and entitlement issues. The video shows Mr Kennedy kicking a nurse. This is his fifth child. He knows you cannot take a newborn off the floor until the baby is discharged.
US lass1 August 10, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Remember in November. A Kennedy is running for office in Massachusetts this November. Do NOT vote for him. We have given the Kennedys too much power. Now look at the result. Remember in November !
Harry One August 10, 2012 at 10:17 PM
trucker gets charged kennedy go free not drug free
Harry One August 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
US lass 1 u are a class act
Harry One August 11, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Why dont the Kennedys move back to Mass we dont want them here
Buche de Noel August 12, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Gottlieb makes specious comments since Kennedy SIGNED ADMISSION DOCUMENTS which specify NURSERY PROTOCOLS to the letter. Gottlieb (and his thug client, Kennedy) are just playing dumb since both know the entirety of the patient (and parent) responsibilities in the newborn nursery setting. No excuse for Kennedy's despicable and misogynistic violence can be made and RES IPSE LOQUITUR. The message could not be simpler: NO ONE can beat up nurses on the job get away with it. Period. He will be found guilty because he IS guilty of assaulting those nurses. Northern Westchester Hospital stands behind them as does the New York State Nurses Association. If Douglas Kennedy had any intelligence at all he'd have cut his losses and apologized for his outrageous loss of control and violent outburst back in January. The collective criminal behavior of upstate NY Kennedy's grows more foul and vile with every public appearance they make.
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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