The Kennedy funeral fight

Bill Ritter's daily take on the news.

May 18, 2012 2:22:21 PM PDT
A tragic story - taking new and sad turns tonight. The famous family feud between Robert Kennedy Jr., and the family of his estranged and late wife, Mary Richardson Kennedy, escalated into a court fight over where to have her funeral.

Mrs. Kennedy hung herself at the family's Bedford estate on Wednesday. Just a tragic story, with Mary Richardson Kennedy fighting depression and demons for years. She leaves behind four children - but also, apparently, a family that wants to take control of the funeral from RFK, Jr.

But because they have not finalized their divorce, Kennedy still has legal rights to his wife's body, and so late this afternoon, the Westchester County Medical Examiner, caught in the middle of the feud, was ordered by a court to release the body to her husband.

The wake is tonight, the funeral is tomorrow in Bedford, and the burial will be at the iconic Kennedy compound in Hyannisport.

We'll have the latest from the wake, and reaction to this horrible feud, tonight at 11.

As if politics isn't confusing enough - consider the election for commissioner of precinct 1 in the Texas county of Tarrant.

Both candidates are named Roy Brooks.


One is the incumbent, with 20 years of experience in county government. The other is a grandmother and longtime community activist.

My prediction: I think Roy Brooks will win. Take it to the bank. A surer bet than Facebook today, eh?

The social media giant went public in an Initial Public Offering at $38 per share. And those who bought and didn't sell when it hit a high of $45, are tonight counting the many cents they made. It closed at $38.23. Big whoop.

We'll have reaction to the dud-like IPO, tonight at 11.

Also at 11, TV consultants call it a multi-screen experience, the trend of many television viewers to be watching other screens besides their TV. And one of the many options available to these peeps is watching TV online.

So what's the real deal? And how much do you really know about it? Consumer Reports tonight peels off the onion skin, and offers some helpful shopping tips.

One more note: Is it just me, or have you too noticed more New York cops patrolling the streets and subways? I asked a cop on the beat today if there were more of them visible these days. He smiled and said, "yes." Then I asked him why. He just smiled.

We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Meteorologist Lee Goldberg's splendido AccuWeather weekend forecast, and birthday boy Rob Powers with the night's sports. I hope you can join Sade Baderinwa and me, tonight at 11, right after 20/20.


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