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Defense shares article to back Kennedy testimony

Updated Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 | 8:39 a.m.

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) — The defense at Kerry Kennedy's drugged-driving trial has introduced a medical journal article that appears to bolster her testimony.

The August 2013 New England Journal of Medicine article said data showed that people taking the sleeping pill zolpidem "frequently do not recognize their impaired state."

Kennedy testified Wednesday she didn't remember anything about a wild drive she took on a New York interstate in 2012 after accidentally taking a sleeping pill.

The article's conclusion was read from the witness stand Thursday by Dr. David Benjamin, a clinical pharmacologist.

Final witnesses and possibly closing arguments are expected Thursday.

Kennedy is the ex-wife of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and daughter of the late Sen. Robert F. Kennedy.