May 14, 1991 |
Lawyers for William Kennedy Smith disclosed Monday that an eyewitness disputes a 29-year-old woman's allegation that Smith raped her at the Kennedy family estate here, and can testify that "nothing untoward" occurred. Existence of the eyewitness, whose name was not revealed, came as the defense lawyers sought to pressure Palm Beach police from making public more than 1,300 pages of investigative files that the attorneys claim are incomplete.
April 15, 1991 |
Investigators for both sides in an alleged rape at the Kennedy estate are roaming nightclubs trying to assemble a portrait of the woman who says she was attacked. Private investigators hired by the Kennedy family and police detectives have been talking with acquaintances of the woman, employees at her favorite nightclubs and those who were with her the night before the alleged assault. More than 100 people have been interviewed.
April 5, 1991 |
Investigation of an alleged rape at the oceanside mansion of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's family has been hampered by inconsistent statements of witnesses and difficulty in obtaining a photograph of the "tentative" suspect, a police captain testified Thursday. Palm Beach Police Capt. Brian B. Roche said positive identification of the suspect could be imminent.
May 18, 1991 |
Police and prosecutors Friday sought credit card, taxi and airline records to trace movements of members of the Kennedy family during the weekend of an alleged rape at the Kennedy estate. The travel and spending records were sought as part of the rape case and an investigation into possible obstruction of justice after a 29-year-old woman claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a member of the Kennedy clan.
November 22, 1991 |
The judge in William Kennedy Smith's trial put off seating a jury until Dec. 2, saying she was concerned about outside pressures that could taint the jury in the highly publicized rape case. Circuit Judge Mary Lupo told the remaining 37 prospective jurors that she did not want to have them sequestered during Thanksgiving next week. She also said she did not want the six-person jury identified so long before trial testimony begins and that opening statements would still begin Dec. 2.
December 20, 1991 |
A grand jury on Thursday declined to indict a Kennedy family friend who police claimed had misled them when they went to investigate rape allegations at the Kennedy estate. The grand jury, which heard secret testimony from Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) last August, indicated that there was not enough evidence. "Without any new evidence coming forward, this case is over," State Atty. David Bludworth said. William Barry, a close friend and bodyguard for the late Sen. Robert F.
August 8, 1991 |
The judge in the William Kennedy Smith rape case set Jan. 13 as the starting date for the trial in West Palm Beach, Fla., saying that she wanted to avoid conflicts with holidays while trying to seat a jury. Circuit Judge Mary Lupo denied state motions for a more speedy trial and a change of venue.
June 1, 1991 |
William Kennedy Smith, saying he wanted to look the judge in the eye, appeared in court Friday to plead not guilty to charges that he raped a woman at the Kennedy family's oceanfront estate at nearby Palm Beach. In a testy arraignment, at which Smith was under no requirement to appear, Circuit Judge Mary Lupo set a trial date of Aug. 5 and rejected the prosecutor's attempt to keep two Washington lawyers off the defense team.
April 16, 1991 |
Palm Beach police, saying they are "nowhere near" ready to discuss rape allegations against William Kennedy Smith with prosecutors or defense lawyers, disclosed Monday that detectives have identified additional witnesses to question. The assessment that the high-profile inquiry is going to take longer to complete than initially thought came as a Florida supermarket tabloid published the name and photo of the 29-year-old woman who charged that she was sexually assaulted by Smith, nephew of Sen.