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Jenna Bush Pleads No-Contest

May 16, 2001

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ President Bush’s 19-year old daughter Jenna pleaded no contest Wednesday to a charge of being a minor in possession of alcohol, and must attend alcohol awareness classes.

Jenna Bush was ordered to pay $51.25 in court costs, serve eight hours of community service and attend six hours of classes. The maximum penalty was a $500 fine and community service.

Bush has until July 18 to comply with the order from Austin Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle.

If she does, her case will be dismissed and she can apply to have it expunged from her record once she turns 21, the judge said. Otherwise, a warrant could be issued for her arrest and her driver’s license could be suspended.

The University of Texas freshman appeared in court with her attorney, William P. Allison, wearing a sleeveless black blouse, pink Capri pants and black sandals that exposed a toe ring on her right foot.

Her discussion at the bench with Earle was difficult to hear, but she nodded her head several times, and the judge told her ``Good luck to you, Miss Bush.″

Undercover police cited Bush last month, charging her with a Class C misdemeanor, the lowest level of misdemeanors. The officers issued the ticket while checking for minors in possession of alcohol at nightclubs along the popular Sixth Street entertainment area in downtown Austin.

Assistant Police Chief Mike McDonald said Bush was drinking beer but did not appear to be intoxicated.

Bush and her twin sister, Barbara, graduated from high school last May in Austin. Barbara Bush attends Yale University.

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