Kennedy suing Nurses
- 1Jan 8, '13 by Esme12, BSN, RN Senior ModeratorDouglas Kennedy sues Northern Westchester Hospital, nurses in newborn incident
Less than two months after being acquitted on charges of endangering his 2-day-old son and harassing nurses who attempted to stop him from taking the baby outside Northern Westchester Hospital, Douglas Kennedy is suing the hospital, two nurses and one of their husbands.Last edit by Joe V on Jan 9, '13
- 1Jan 8, '13 by Ruas61, BSN, RNhttp://news.yahoo.com/douglas-kenned...012010958.html A son of the late Robert F. Kennedy who was acquitted of criminal charges in a maternity ward scuffle is suing two nurses who said on TV that he hurt them.Douglas Kennedy is alleging defamation and malicious prosecution by nurses Cari Luciano and Anna Lane. He says their statements to police and on NBC's "Today" show held him up to "ridicule and scorn" and led to his prosecution.
The lawsuit, filed Friday in White Plains, a suburb north of New York City, stems from Kennedy's attempt a year ago to take his newborn son from Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco. He said he wanted the 2-day-old boy, Anthony Boru Kennedy, to get some fresh air.
- 4Jan 9, '13 by elkparkUmmm, none of us were there (if someone was, please feel free to speak up! ), and he was acquitted of all the charges in a criminal trial. Maybe it's just possible that, in spite of his being a Kennedy (which so many people seem to assume is proof of guilt of something), just this once, he's right and the people accusing him are wrong ...
I certainly don't know and have no opinion either way, but it's always interesting to see how many people immediately take the "other side" whenever a situation involves a Kennedy.
- 3Jan 9, '13 by elkparkHe was acquitted of all criminal charges, and the two nurses are suing him for big bucks. What did they expect? Why is this "beyond words"? Countersuits are common responses to the kind of suit the nurses brought against him. I have no first hand information (and I'm guessing probably no one else here does, either) and no opinion either way, but it is even within the realm of possibility that he and his wife might be right and the nurses wrong in this situation? Or is he proven guilty simply because of who he is?
- 0Jan 9, '13 by morteNo, he is not automatically guilty because of who he is, (though i think his uncle Ted would have been upset with him) on the other hand, he is NOT automatically not guilty because of who he is!Quote from elkparkHe was acquitted of all criminal charges, and the two nurses are suing him for big bucks. What did they expect? Why is this "beyond words"? Countersuits are common responses to the kind of suit the nurses brought against him. I have no first hand information (and I'm guessing probably no one else here does, either) and no opinion either way, but it is even within the realm of possibility that he and his wife might be right and the nurses wrong in this situation? Or is he proven guilty simply because of who he is?
- 7Jan 9, '13 by psu_213, BSN, RNI'm not entirely sure why the nurses filed a law suit--I can't see it as their place to do this, even if they though the infant's life was being endangered. However, are you kidding me?? A family friend said you can take your baby outside (I am assuming against hospital policy) and you think that, combined with your name, gives you the right to flout the rules? Suppose something would have happened on this little trip outside--are the nurses going to be protected because this family friend, who happens to be a doctor on staff (it does not sound like he was in OB), said the father could take the infant out? Now the nurses named in the suit may have overstepped their bounds; however, their careers are on the line--protecting the safety of the infant outweighs the need to appease the Kennedy family.
BTW--my opinion has nothing to do with the Kennedy name. It could be any well known family name in America. My disgust with the situation is not directly related to the Kennedys--it is related to the number of people who think that they are entitled to something because they are, are related to, or know someone in some position of 'power' (for example--I really bugs me when someone says "my daughters roommates aunt is on the board of directors for the hospital," as if that means you get special treatment).Last edit by psu_213 on Jan 9, '13 : Reason: added the 2nd paragraph