Kennedy seeks dismissal of NY drugged-driving case

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2010 file photo, Kerry Kennedy, attends the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2010 Ripple of Hope Awards Dinner New York. Police say the former wife of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, has been arrested on Friday, July 13, 2012, for driving while impaired by drugs after colliding with a tractor-trailer in North Castle, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini, File)

January 23, 2014 9:18:45 AM PST
Kerry Kennedy is asking again for the dismissal of her drugged-driving case.

The charge stems from a 2012 highway collision outside New York City that Kennedy blames on her accidentally taking a sleeping pill.

Her lawyer said after a court session Thursday that he asked the judge to reconsider a previous judge's refusal to dismiss. He says the prosecution recently acknowledged it has no evidence Kennedy took the pill on purpose.

A district attorney's spokesman declined to comment.

The judge announced that if the case is not dismissed, the trial will begin Feb. 24. Kennedy waived her right to attend jury selection.

She said afterward she would be on a trip campaigning against child slavery on behalf of a human rights organization named for her late father, Sen. Robert Kennedy.