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Gov. Bush’s daughter gets out of jail

July 20, 2002

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— Noelle Bush, Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter, was released from jail and allowed to return to a drug rehab center Friday, two days after being locked up for allegedly taking prescription pills from a nurse's cabinet.

"I would not allow you to go back to the facility if I didn't think you could do the program," Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead said in giving the president's niece a second chance in rehab.

Bush and brother George P. Bush

Bush and brother George P. Bush

Bush, accompanied by her brother, George P. Bush, and her attorney, said nothing in her defense during the two-minute hearing.

Bush was jailed Wednesday for contempt of court for violating the terms of her court-ordered drug treatment program. She was accused of taking prescription pills from a cabinet in a nurse's office at the rehab center where she was being treated.

Bush's lawyer, Pete Antonacci, said she tested negative for having taken the pills. He said he did not know what kind of pills they were.

Bush was arrested in January at a pharmacy drive-through window after allegedly trying to buy the anti-anxiety drug Xanax with a fraudulent prescription. She was admitted to the treatment center a month later, with the possibility charges would be dropped if she completed the program.

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