Kennedy suing Nurses

  1. 1 Douglas 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
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    I am beyond words.........
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  5. Visit  Ruas61 profile page
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    http://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.
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  6. Visit  Ruas61 profile page
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    This whole thing just disgusts me to no end. It smacks of special treatment for Kennedy name.
  7. Visit  FlorenceNtheMachine profile page
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    I wish he would take his precious babies out of the hospital and stay out, permanently. Entitled trash!
  8. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    Ummm, 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.
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  9. Visit  elkpark profile page
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    He 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?
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    No, 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 elkpark
    He 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?
  11. Visit  psu_213 profile page
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    I'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
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    Duplicate threads merged.
  13. Visit  Esme12 profile page
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    If I were the nurses I'd sue too!

    To watch the video I find it difficult to believe that anyone would find him innocent. Why would any reasonable father want to take their newborn son out for fresh air in JANUARY! Really??? I would have stopped him as well.. as reasonable human being would say Oh I didn't realize I'm sorry and return to the room. But this guy thought I'm a Kennedy and I''ll do what I want and went to escape with a new born down the back stairs. These babies are monitored and alarmed.....you don't leave the post partum floor with a newborn for fresh air in January....

    He kicked that nurse...you see her fall on the floor and his foot in the door. That is a reasonable response? He didn't have a criminal trial he had a bench trial. They only one to "judge him was the judge.

    I cry foul!
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  14. Visit  VivaLasViejas profile page
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    I saw the video too........and if it were almost ANYONE else but a Kennedy who assaulted those nurses, this story would have had a very different ending.

    What I have to say about this is not suitable for a professional website, so I will leave it at that.
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  15. Visit  lindarn profile page
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    He got off, because he was not charged with assaulting the nurses. He was charged with trying to leave the hospital with the baby.

    My educated guess, is the the DA was TOLD not to charge him with assault, a charge that would have stuck, given the video of him kicking the nurse.

    He was charged with something that his lawyer KNEW, would guarantee him an aquittal, especially with a judge,who was undoudedly in the Kennedy pocket. The whole trial was a sham. They had to do something, because it was caught on tape. But the whole thing was fixed from start to finish.

    JMHO and my NY $0.02.

    Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN
    Somewhere in the PACNW
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