Kennedy hugged and clasped hands with her lawyers as a six-person jury cleared her of driving while impaired, a misdemeanor.
The defense rested its case Thursday after calling a final witness to stand and introducing a medical journal article that appears to bolster her testimony.
The prosecution in Kerry Kennedy’s drugged-driving trial wrapped up its case Tuesday by calling a toxicologist to the stand. But the witness may have turned out to be more helpful to the defense.
The women, who also filed a claim against the Assembly, say they were hired by Assemblyman Vito Lopez last year and were subjected to sexual harassment by him. Just weeks before, Silver had settled claims by two other women against Lopez in a secret deal using $103,000 in public funds.
No charges have been filed against the son of Police Commissioner Ray Kelly after a woman alleges he sexually assaulted her, but the scandal is keeping channel 5 anchor Greg Kelly off the air.