- - Thursday, June 14, 2012

MOUNT KISCO — A son of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy claimed Thursday that he is constitutionally entitled to see the medical records of two nurses who claim he injured them when he tried to take his newborn son from a hospital maternity ward.

Disputes over evidence dominated a session in a court case charging Douglas Kennedy, 45, with physical harassment and child endangerment. He has pleaded not guilty, and his attorney, Robert Gottlieb, said Thursday the case will go to trial.

On Jan. 7, Mr. Kennedy tried to take his 2-day-old son from the maternity ward at Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco, about 30 miles from Manhattan. He said he wanted some fresh air for the baby, but nurses tried to stop him, citing hospital policy. Hospital video recorded their scuffle, and Mr. Kennedy later was arrested.

In depositions, one nurse said Mr. Kennedy twisted her arm, and another said he kicked her.

Mr. Gottlieb said Thursday, “It’s our position there was no such contact, no such injury.”

MICHIGAN

Bing angrily denounces blocks to Detroit restructuring

DETROIT — Mayor Dave Bing lashed out Thursday against “people with personal agendas” whom he blames for stalling his efforts to pull the city from the brink of financial collapse - a rare expression of vulgarity-laced public frustration from a man who seldom lost his cool as a pro basketball player.

In an interview with the Associated Press, Mr. Bing said it was time to finally move toward solving the city’s budget problems after a judge dismissed a lawsuit he feared could have caused the city to go broke.

“I didn’t come here because I needed the job or I needed income,” the mayor said from his office in City Hall. “I came here for one reason and one reason only: to help fix a broken city. And when I see people with their personal agendas superseding what our own people need here, that’s what [hacks] me off.”

Mr. Bing didn’t mention anybody by name but acknowledged frustration after failing to get Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon, the city’s top lawyer, to drop the legal complaint. Earlier this week, the judge dismissed her lawsuit against the consent agreement that gave the state a bigger role in Detroit’s restructuring.

ALABAMA

Auburn slayings suspect to ask for venue change

OPELIKA — An attorney for a Montgomery man accused of killing three people in a shooting at a party near Auburn University said Thursday she will ask that his trial be held outside of Lee County, where the school is located.

Those hit hard by the shootings that killed two former football players gathered on a campus lawn later that day for a candlelight vigil for the victims. The three dead include two former Auburn football players, and current members of the team attended.

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