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A Sober Memory for Ted “Fins” Kennedy

Posted by Ryan on July 18, 2007

On the evening of July 18, 1969, Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, brother of the late President John Kennedy and also of the late New York Senator Robert Kennedy drove his car off a small bridge on Chappaquiddick Island near Martha’s Vineyard after leaving a party with a woman who was not his wife.  He escaped, wandered around here and there for approximately ten hours before returning to the scene, only to find out that his passenger, 28 year old Mary Jo Kopechne, had drowned.  In Massachusetts, leaving the scene of an accident, death resulting, was commonly prosecuted as second degree murder. 

Ted walked away unscathed, a little wet, probably relieved that Mary Jo’s family lawyers refused an autopsy, and with no jail time.  But we haven’t walked away from the fact that this man’s name kept this negligent murderer out of jail.  So, occasionally we still refer to Ted as “Fins”, the “Cape Cod Orca”, “Hiccup”, or any of a plethora of nicknames in order to keep this memory alive to those who may not know or remember.  Politicians should not be above the law.  This incident did have one good outcome– Ted could never seriously be a real candidate for President, though he tried in 1980 (that was against Jimmah, though).  But just think, however, since then the people of Massachusetts have reelected him SIX times. 

Pic from Mostly Cajun blog.

One Response to “A Sober Memory for Ted “Fins” Kennedy”

  1. BillT said

    I think the first judgment rendered against him was to be allowed to live. Wouldn’t want to be in his shoes at any final hearings, though.

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