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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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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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