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Kerry Kennedy decision

Kerry Kennedy decision

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Town of North Castle judge's decision concerning the drugged driving arrest of Kerry Kennedy.
Town of North Castle judge's decision concerning the drugged driving arrest of Kerry Kennedy.

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JUSTICECOURTOFTHETOWNOFNORTFICASTLECOLINTYOFWESTCHESTER:TATEOFNEWYORK
PeopleoftheStateofNewYork,
DE,CISIONANDORDER
-against-Kerry Kennedy.Defendant.--XLazansky,J.Defendants chargedwitha singlecount of Driving While Ability Impairedby Drugspursuanto Vehicle and TrafficLaw Section11924).Defendanthas movedo dismissheinformation nthenterestofjustice.The Peopleopposehemotionto dismiss.nreachinghedecision ollowing, thisCourt has evier,ved llpapersandproceedingseretoforehadherein,and considered,eparatelyndogether,eachofthe applicabletatutory actors.Findinssof FactOn the morningofJuly 13,2012,amotoristcameupondefendant'sarblockingheroadwayon Route22 rn Armonk, and calledhe'policeorassistancefter observingherobedisoriented ndnon-responsive.Defendantntended ogoto thegymand hen oa meeting.Before eavingherhome nthe townof NorthCastle,sheallegedlyook Ambieninsteadof her dailySynthroidandgotn thecat.'Shedrovenorthon ChestnutRidgeRoad and entereclnterstate684Southbounclt Exit 4,drivingon thegrass.Thendefendantitatractorra11er2.heexitedI-684atExit3.Defendantwasseendrivingerratically,cuttingoffotherceLrs,nddrivingon theshoulder,despitedisablingdamageoher car.Evenafter gettingout ofher cartoinspecthedamage,hee-entereder car,putit intoreverse,nddrovetbackwardsnto the guardail.NorthCastlepoliceofficersnvestigatedt thescenebuthadnofurthernvolvementnthecase'NewYorkStatepolicerespondecl,ontinuedirenvestigationattheirSomersbarracks,andultimatelyarrestedlefendantorthesingleviolationofVehicleandTrafficLawSection1192(4)'AbloodestathehospitalaterconfirmedheexistencefZolpidem,commonlyknor,vnsAmbien,inherblood.
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AnalysisTheDistrictAttorneyholdshenterestsfthePeoplenapublictrust'andhasexclusivediscretionofilechargesndprosecuteases.Courtshavenopowelordiscretionnthisregard'courtinterferencewiththeperfbrmanceof aDistrictAttorney'sofficeshouldbesanctionedonlyunderhemostunusualandcompellingcircumstances.ee,.g.,PeoplevKeithR, 95AD3d65ItstDept2012J,v toapp clen9 NY3ct963;Matterof MacPhersonv.People,208 Misc'423[QueensCtySotpCt1955JCourtsdo havediscretionaryowerto dismissa case,evenwithout a reasonbasedn law,if"dismissal s requiredn furtherancefjustice."CPL170.30(l)k).Butthispo\,vero disrnissis neitlrelabsoh,rteoruncontrolled,ancl s sub.iectoappellate eview.PeoplevWingard,33NY2tllg2, 196]973J;Peoplev Schellenhuch,67 AD3d7122dDept2008J.In exercisinghispower,a courts requiredo examineand consider,ollectivelyandndividually,to the extentrelevant,he followingtenstatutoryactors,andhen set orththereasons oritsdecisionontherecord:(a)the seriousnessndcircurnstancesfthe offense;b)the extentof harmcaused ythe offbnse;c)the evidence l'guilt;(d)the history.character ndconditionol'thede1'endant;{)thepurposendef-fuct l'imposinga sentenceponhe del'endanl;g)thempactof adismissalonthesalbtyorwelhre ofthe community;h)thempactof a dismissalpon he conlhdence1'thepublicn the crimirral.justiceystem;i)theattitude fthe complainatrt rvictirnwith respecttothe rnotion; and(i)anyotherelevantact inc;icatinghat audgmentof conviction wouldservenor-rsefirllrrpose.CPL170.40(1).The Couft'sdismissalpowers to be sparinglyexercised nd nvolvesasensitivebalancingofthedefbndant'sndividual interestsgainst he competing nterestsfthepr"rblic,and.People Litman, 99 AD2d 5732dDept1988J.Theremr-rstxistcompelling uctorsclearlydemonstratinghatprosecutionf tliedel'endant ouldbeunjr-rst. eoplev Rickert, 58l,{Y2d122,at 127]983J;PeoplevClayton,4l AD2c{201[2dDept1973];Peoplev l{elley,141AD2d 7642dDetrtt9BBJ;Peoplev Ortiz, 1524D2cl7552dDept l9c99J;Peoplev Debiusi,] 60AD2d952[2c{Depr ]994J.Thus, he extraordinary emedyof dismissal s reservedorthe "rareard unusualcase"which"criesout for findamentalusticebeyondhe confinesof conventionalonsiderations"(PeoplevCurcio, 22 \v{i.;c3cl07[King,s'C'tyCrint 0 2A)BJ Peoplev PremierHouse,Inc., 174Mi,vc2cl 63King,s'CtyCrim Ct 1997J;People v Insignares,109AD2d 22,234,vden 65lVY2d928fl985J,quotingPeoplev Belge,41NY2d60, 62-63[1976];PeoplevHarmon,I8lAD2d31lstDept.l992J;Peoplev I{oward,151AD2d 253,256,v den74NY2dSl I[1959]),ancionlywhena rniscarriagef.jilsticewor-rld esr-r,ltiomstrict adherenceo theletterof theaw.PeoplevVurckio,I(t2 luli,sc2cl876,SlNYCCrimCt]99il,citingPeoplev Belkota,j0AD2(tllB,1204thDepr]975J;PeoplevAnclrew,78AD2cl653[2clDept]980J,Peoplev Esbnnks,I l4Misc 2d1097'rl1sp'ernt,clDept1952/.Wliilenotrecluirecl,t isusefplounclergoniternizeddisc,t-tssionf thestatutoryactorso be considered.eoplev Rickert,s,Ltprcr.
 
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'L170.40(1)ftHurmC,theOtteDrivingwhileintoxic'atedsa seriousoffensev'fl-$1192eta/'wereenactedecausei'toxicatedciriversrearmoreikelytobecomenvolvednacciclentshanhosewhohavenotbeendrinkingortakingdrrrgs.see,e.g.,LlgBl,chg]0,.\TJ.'i.heoverwhelnringpublicpolicyistoprotect hoseu'ho makeuse ofroads iomtheneedlesseath,njury,andpropertydamageresultingfromntoxicatedriving.(Ll9Bl,ch9l0,5\" I''TL1192)'Defendantrgueshat heextentof harms negligible ecauseo onewasnjr,rreduringthis ofl'ense.ut drivingr,vhilentoxicateds r-rotvictimlessrime;t is an off-ensegainstsocietyas a whole.Peoplev Litmem, supru;Peoplev l{elley, sutr}ral 765;People v.Quill,IIIutisc2d12[KingsCty 1958/.I'heoperationofaurtomobilesn city streetss sr-rfficientlyhazardoust best. Personsperatingautomobiles hor,rldenfr-rllpossessionf their facLrlties.An intoxicatedpelsonwho operates n automobileon a highways a menaiceothepublic.Heexhibitsno regard brthe sai-ety f his fbllow man."Peoplev Ritsky, 224 AD 425, 126[2dDepr
re2BJ
Defendant r-rt wideswathof dangerndisk toothervehiclesn theoaddurir-rgushhourhatdayallegedlydrivin-qnthegrass,nthemedian, ittingatractorrailer,weavingacrossanesoltl-re nterstate.hencidenlaffucted umeroustherdrivers,oneof whornsr,rff-eredhe ossofhis employrnent.Theseseriouscircumstanccs renot what the egislaturecontemplatedo compel disrnissalunclerhissubsection.orare hey oornparableo casesnrvhicha cout't'sdiscretiono dismisswas r-rphelcl.ee,e.g.,People v Rickert,sLLprac{eJbnclcmrswfutctiledtopctychilclsupportvvithseeming egifmutereasons);People vWingurd,sttpra(teenschargedwithdisorderlyconducl, prosecutorandwitnes.ses.ftriledtoaltpear.fbrtt ial),'PeoplevDuvis,55l,lisc2d65(tNYC4,5;1g6U(marihttanaacquired-htttnotused-bytttdentout of cw'iosiQ);Peoplev Cumphell,48 lttisc2d 798[Kings'Cty]96(il@hargeo/'cthductionagainstde./endantisntissedvvhereomplainant,h4)ortysbeJoreerlSthhirth]ay,ytentoctnotherslateo marrywilhorLlporenlalpennis',;ion);PeoplevQuill,:iLtl.)rctindiclmentc{i5m1s^sed.forcrintincrllibelecun'vecomplnittttn{,slaleclhesrf/bret{noharmancl"thept$lic,sztffbr[edJnoiniury".flonthecrime).tcouldbe argueci,nstead,eebelow,hathecompellingniusticefviolationol'anmportantublicpolicywouldocclrrfthiscasewereclisrnissed.Here'witnessesescribedlefenclant'smpaireclrivingatthetimeof thencident.heflledlabreportwas positivcfbra cont'olledsubstance.primcrfctciecasehasee'establ.ishecl.Inhermotionpapers,lefenclantigorouslyassertsernnocence,rguingherclef-e'sehatheingestionof thempairingdrug,vascciclental.hehasaisecltherdefensestotherimes.CPL170'40makesomention1'possibleelbnses.hisssobecausedefendanthasnoburdenofprclofatali!I'hePeoplemustproveeveryelementofthecrimechargedbeyonda

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