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Judge Says Noelle Bush 'On Track'

November 09, 2002|From Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. — A judge Friday told Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter she was "on track" with drug treatment two weeks after being released from jail.

Noelle Bush, 25, made her first appearance before Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead on Friday since serving a 10-day sentence for violating the terms of her treatment program.

The judge told Bush that he had talked to her case manager and workers in her drug treatment program.

"Just hang in there and stay focused and do everything you can to help yourself, not anybody else. OK?" Whitehead said.

Bush, the president's niece, is required to appear before Whitehead every two weeks to report on her progress.

She was ordered to attend drug treatment after she was arrested in January on charges of allegedly trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax. The charges could be dropped if she completes the treatment program.

Whitehead has since sent her to jail twice for violating terms of that program.

In July, she was jailed for three days after a treatment worker caught her with prescription pills. She was jailed again last month following allegations that she had crack cocaine in her shoe at the treatment center.

The state attorney's office had sought to interview workers at the center about the allegations, but a judge ruled that doing so would violate federal privacy laws.

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