ORLANDO, Fla. — Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter completed a drug rehabilitation program Friday, and a judge dismissed drug charges against her and allowed her to go home with her parents.
Noelle Bush hugged Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead during a drug court hearing as the governor and his wife, Columba, smiled. The president's niece had been ordered into treatment after she was arrested in January 2002 for allegedly trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
"It's been quite a challenge, and I'm grateful," Bush, 26, said during the hearing at the Orange County Courthouse. "It has been an honor to know you," she told the judge.
The governor refused comment, but his press office released a statement on his behalf.
"Columba and I are pleased that our daughter Noelle has completed this step, and grateful for the treatment she's received," the statement read. "She has worked hard to get here. We are proud of her efforts and love her very much."