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Gore's Son Sentenced to Drug Program
Guardian ^ | 2/2/04 | Stephen Manning

Posted on 02/02/2004 10:15:44 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection

Md. (AP) - The 21-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore must complete substance abuse counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program to settle a marijuana possession charge.

The agreement approved by a judge Monday calls for the misdemeanor charge to be dropped after a year if Albert Gore III submits to urine testing, community service and counseling, and steers clear of criminal convictions.

The younger Gore, who attends Harvard University, had no comment after the brief hearing. He was accompanied by his mother, Tipper Gore, who did not comment other than saying the issue was a ``private matter.'' Gore did not have to enter a plea and his case was placed on the inactive docket.

The son of the former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee was arrested Dec. 19, 2003, in Bethesda after an officer stopped him for driving without having his headlights on. The officer smelled marijuana and noticed the windows of the car were open despite frigid temperatures.

A search of the car turned up a partial marijuana cigarette, a cigarette box containing suspected marijuana and a crushed soda can that smelled like marijuana.

Gore was charged with marijuana possession, as were the two passengers in the car, Yann V. Kumin, 21, and Marc G. Hordon, 22, both of Cambridge, Mass.

Hordon and Kumin will undergo the same treatment program as Gore, prosecutor Douglas Gansler said.

He said no favoritism was shown Gore because of his family's political stature.

``Regardless of who the defendant is ... we treat them in the exact same way,'' Gansler said.

The younger Gore had been stopped by police twice before in recent years. He was ticketed by military police in September 2002 outside Fort Myer in suburban Virginia for driving under the influence.

North Carolina police cited Gore in the summer of 2000 for driving 97 mph in a 55 mph zone. Charges were dropped but he had to pay a $125 ticket and his driving privileges were suspended in the state.



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1 posted on 02/02/2004 10:15:48 AM PST by Tumbleweed_Connection
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To: Liz
Ping
2 posted on 02/02/2004 10:18:12 AM PST by martin_fierro (97.238 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
hey! if he was my dad, i'd probably be on drugs too!
3 posted on 02/02/2004 10:18:29 AM PST by camle (keep your mind open and somebody will fill it with something for you))
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I heard that Gore III was going to plead to one count of Felony A$$holery.

The prosecutor's office leaked it.
4 posted on 02/02/2004 10:20:59 AM PST by martin_fierro (97.238 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
If this were a Bush instead of a Gore, the news would be front page in huge letters.
5 posted on 02/02/2004 10:21:19 AM PST by lilylangtree (Olde English takes a long time to say, and we never say anything unless it takes a long time to say)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I think I see a Presidency in his future.
6 posted on 02/02/2004 10:21:29 AM PST by newgeezer (fundamentalist, regarding the Constitution AND the Holy Bible, i.e. words mean things!)
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To: lilylangtree
It's more newsworthy if a president's child gets into trouble than if a former vice-president's child gets into trouble. And I bet if my kid got in trouble, it wouldn't make ANY papers.
7 posted on 02/02/2004 10:23:23 AM PST by CalKat
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Tipper Gore, who did not comment other than saying the issue was a ``private matter.''

HUmmmmmmmmmmmmm, Kinda like being able to LISTEN TO ANY KIND OF MUSIC I LIKE WITHOUT THE GOV'T STICKING THEIR NOSE IN IT??????

8 posted on 02/02/2004 10:23:28 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
"The younger Gore, who attends Harvard University, had no comment after the brief hearing. He was accompanied by his mother, Tipper Gore, who did not comment other than saying the issue was a ``private matter.'' Gore did not have to enter a plea and his case was placed on the inactive docket."


A private matter? But a 25 year old DWI ticket by President Bush was a BIG ISSUE when gore ran against President Bush.

9 posted on 02/02/2004 10:23:35 AM PST by Texagirl4W (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Ask what GW's daughter got caught for, and Jor Anybody would know. Ask them about this and they hav eno idea. As for driving 97 mph, come on.
10 posted on 02/02/2004 10:23:56 AM PST by NotchJohnson
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To: Texagirl4W
Don't you think this would be a valid issue if the Gore kid decides to run for office some day?
11 posted on 02/02/2004 10:24:31 AM PST by CalKat
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
And I think we should practice what we preach and leave offspring out of it. I get annoyed when I read about the Bush girls' partying and tying it back to the parents when these young women are adults.
12 posted on 02/02/2004 10:24:58 AM PST by misterrob
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I thought gore supported the War on Drugs, he should be sent to prison. Why have marijuanna illegal, why waste the police time, and the time of the courts and judges, if nobody goes to prison for it?

You arent going to stop people from using marijuanna by NOT putting them in prison when they do get caught.

13 posted on 02/02/2004 10:26:02 AM PST by waterstraat
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
You can't make this stuff up.
14 posted on 02/02/2004 10:27:34 AM PST by Seruzawa (If you agree with the French raise your hand. If you are French raise both hands.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Sounds like a "private matter", about like under age drinking! Wonder why I haven't heard about Albert III before this?


15 posted on 02/02/2004 10:32:30 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Freedom isn't Free! Support those who ensure it.)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Lucky for young Albert. He doesn't live in Palm Beach County. Otherwise, we'd have his medical records, and he's be facing felony charges.
16 posted on 02/02/2004 10:34:41 AM PST by holdonnow
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
His father was a huge pot head for years (probably still is) so it's no surprise that he went the same way. Tipper probably was as well.
17 posted on 02/02/2004 10:34:44 AM PST by Protagoras (When they asked me what I thought of freedom in America,,, I said I thought it would be a good idea.)
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To: CalKat
Not if he stays clean for 25 years.
18 posted on 02/02/2004 10:34:45 AM PST by Texagirl4W (If you do not stand firm in your faith, you will not stand at all. - Isaiah 7:9)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Private matter?????? The kid is a criminal, he broke the law, that is why he is being punished. Tipper has no more brains than Al.
19 posted on 02/02/2004 10:37:15 AM PST by cynicom
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Good move.

Now, what's his father's excuse?
20 posted on 02/02/2004 10:38:35 AM PST by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: OXENinFLA
Kinda like being able to LISTEN TO ANY KIND OF MUSIC I LIKE WITHOUT THE GOV'T STICKING THEIR NOSE IN IT??????

Touche!

21 posted on 02/02/2004 10:39:25 AM PST by radiohead
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
The 21-year-old son of former Vice President Al Gore must complete substance abuse counseling as part of a pretrial diversion program to settle a marijuana possession charge.

Classes to include:
1. 1-paper rolling 101.
2. Pipe Etiquette 202.
3. Bongwater - changing and uses 103.
3. Pipe Cleaning - how often and why 202.
4. Munchies - Is ATKINS possible? 401.
5. ISD's - Improvised Smoking Devices 104.
6. Visine - when and why 201.
6. Reefer Breath - myth or giveaway? 202.
7. Speed Limits - can you really go too slow? 303.

22 posted on 02/02/2004 10:41:29 AM PST by Khurkris (Ranger On...)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Uh, are they gonna let Rush Limbaugh off the hook now?
23 posted on 02/02/2004 10:42:27 AM PST by GigaDittos (Bumper sticker: "Vote Democrat, it's easier than getting a job.")
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Gore's Son Sentenced to Drug Program

Just think. Soon we'll all be able to get all the drugs we want with funds for which the federales mugged middle and upper class America to get.

Is this a great country or what?

24 posted on 02/02/2004 10:42:58 AM PST by JesseHousman (Execute Mumia Abu-Jamal)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
He never seemed to be bright enough to get into Harvard....and I am sure that he never would have without his daddy's name. Daddy was never all that bright, either. This does not speak well for Harvard.
25 posted on 02/02/2004 10:44:01 AM PST by Swede Girl
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Like father like son
26 posted on 02/02/2004 10:45:19 AM PST by Some hope remaining.
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
With Al Gore as a father ... is it sruprising that his son resorted to drugs to escape him? Will Al be joining him?
27 posted on 02/02/2004 10:45:21 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
It is a good thing the kid goes to school in Boston. Kerry-Kennedy have alerted the cops in Boston and Cambridge about this and you can be sure that no Gore kid will be hassled up there about a little recreational MJ.
28 posted on 02/02/2004 10:45:59 AM PST by Tacis
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Ha!!! and Harvard probably thought they had accepted a future "President"'s son. Punishment being called AL Gore III:


29 posted on 02/02/2004 10:51:55 AM PST by Helms (Liberals believe we are Crash Dummies on the hectic highway of the Cosmos)
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To: CalKat
"Don't you think this would be a valid issue if the Gore kid decides to run for office some day?"

It's as valid as any other news item.

Watch the creep run for office. Bet the first thing he'll do is point to himself as a victim and want to legalize drugs so other druggies won't have to endure what he endured trying to disassociate himself from dear old Dad - Al Gore.

30 posted on 02/02/2004 10:57:42 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Gee, where was THIS on the major news channnels? HMMMMMM???
31 posted on 02/02/2004 10:57:59 AM PST by JustPlainJoe
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To: newgeezer
I think I see a Presidency in his future.

Yup. He was on his way to Clinton's hangout for "Presidential" advice while toking a joint.

32 posted on 02/02/2004 11:12:59 AM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: Cobra64
Did he inhale?
33 posted on 02/02/2004 11:19:41 AM PST by samanella ((Proud member of the vast right wing conspiracy-all my bumper stickers say so))
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To: SwinneySwitch
Wonder why I haven't heard about Albert III before this

Stick around FR; this isn't his FIRST brush with the law, for drugs AND for drinking and driving.

He never, ever gets any punishment.

34 posted on 02/02/2004 11:22:27 AM PST by Howlin (If we don't post, will they exist?)
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To: JustPlainJoe
Gee, where was THIS on the major news channnels? HMMMMMM???

Why would it be? AlGORE's irrelevant. If Gore were in the White House (shudder) or VP, this would be "news." Gore's a hasbeen who has no power even over his own party anymore.

35 posted on 02/02/2004 11:26:44 AM PST by GAGOPSWEEPTOVICTORY
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Not to worry, Harvard will give him passing grades whether he attends classes or not.
36 posted on 02/02/2004 11:29:24 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Protagoras
Anyone doubt that the Gore's smoked pot in the home when their children were growing up.
37 posted on 02/02/2004 11:34:01 AM PST by OldFriend (Always understand, even if you remain among the few)
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To: Helms
Just, like, wow, man.....;^)

WTH is that, a quarter-pounder?!?

38 posted on 02/02/2004 11:43:03 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
WOW ...he's not in the military fighting for his country...or his family honor.....???
39 posted on 02/02/2004 11:43:44 AM PST by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection

I want AlGore's evil spawn to be treated exactly like Rush Limbaugh is being treated...


40 posted on 02/02/2004 11:44:31 AM PST by Keith in Iowa (The only good news for Democrats is they could save $$ by switching to Geico.)
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To: NotchJohnson
What were you trying to convey in your incoherent post?

"...Ask what GW's daughter got caught for, and Jor Anybody would know. Ask them about this and they hav eno idea. As for driving 97 mph, come on."

41 posted on 02/02/2004 11:49:38 AM PST by albee
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
I know the highway he was ticketed for speeding, between VaBeach and Nags Head. Doing 97 on that stretch should be a felony!!
42 posted on 02/02/2004 11:50:19 AM PST by Jonah Hex (If repetition wasn't a good thing, why would people get married?)
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Gore had been stopped by police twice before in recent years

Many with law enforcement experience will tell there is a definite pattern developing about young Gore and the next time we read about him in the papers the situation is likely to be a lot more serious.

43 posted on 02/02/2004 11:55:37 AM PST by oyez
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
So why did the Guardian have this and no US papers?

No need to answer, it's blatently obvious.
44 posted on 02/02/2004 12:03:18 PM PST by BushisTheMan
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Must have gotten into Daddy's thai stick collection.
45 posted on 02/02/2004 1:16:26 PM PST by SpinyNorman
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To: Howlin
Deferred adjudication is wonderful. Keep your nose clean for a specified period and all charges are dropped. Next time you get charged you see the judge with a clean slate as "first time offender" again.

Meanwhile the question comes up; just who's pot was it? If someone had done the honorable thing and stepped forward to claim it, the 3 people in the car that Albert was driving wouldn't have gone to jail. Now they've all got records.

46 posted on 02/02/2004 2:46:47 PM PST by weegee
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To: Tumbleweed_Connection
Hummmmm, I see this was in the Guardian, in London. Wonder if this story made any U.S. papers at all. It sure is a far cry from the blizzard of coverage the twins received.
47 posted on 02/02/2004 4:34:47 PM PST by Darlin' ("I will not forget this wound to my country." President George W Bush, 20 Sept 2001)
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