Judge praises Noelle Bush's progress in rehab

Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 12:28 a.m.
ORLANDO - Gov. Jeb Bush's daughter was credited by a judge Friday for making progress in her court-ordered drug treatment program.
Noelle Bush, 25, is required to appear before Judge Reginald Whitehead every two weeks to report on her progress in treatment. In the past, Whitehead had scolded the president's niece following lapses that earned her short stays behind bars.
This time, though, his words were brief but encouraging.
"Everything seems to be going pretty good," Whitehead told Bush. "Any questions or concerns, Ms. Bush?"
"Um, no," replied Bush, who was accompanied to the hearing by her attorney, R. Dean Cannon Jr.
Whitehead then ended the 10-second hearing by telling Bush that he'd see her on Jan. 17.
Bush was ordered to attend drug treatment after she was arrested in January for allegedly trying to use a fraudulent prescription to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax.
at a pharmacy drive-through window in Tallahassee. Under a diversion program, the charges could be dropped if she completes drug treatment.
Whitehead has since sent her to jail twice for violating terms of that agreement.
In July, she was jailed for three days after a treatment worker caught her with prescription pills. The 10-day stint in October followed allegations that she was found with crack cocaine in her shoe at the center.
The state attorney's office had sought to interview workers at the treatment center about the allegations, but a judge ruled that doing so would violate federal privacy laws.

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