Skip to comments.Al Gore's son pleads guilty to drug charges
Posted on 07/30/2007 7:42:53 PM PDT by LdSentinal
Al Gore III agrees to enter a nine-month drug treatment program after pleading guilty to prescription drug and marijuana possession charges in Orange County.
LAGUNA NIGUEL -- The son of former Vice President Al Gore pleaded guilty today to felony and misdemeanor drug possession charges stemming from his arrest in Orange County after he was caught driving more than 100 mph in a Toyota Prius.
Albert Arnold Gore III entered his plea to prescription drug and marijuana possession charges before Orange County Superior Court Judge Pamela Iles.
Gore agreed to enter a nine-month drug treatment program, which he must complete by Feb. 7, according to Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorneys Office.
Eighteen months from now, a judge will review the case, and if Gore has adhered to all requirements, which include drug testing, the charges will be dismissed, Emami said.
Gore, who had been free on $20,000 bail, was charged July 20 with two felony counts of possession of a controlled substance -- the prescription drugs Adderall and Vicodin he allegedly possessed without a prescription -- two misdemeanor counts of possessing a controlled substance without a prescription - - Xanax and Valium -- and a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.
He was also charged with an infraction for driving at a speed greater than 100 mph, Schroeder said.
It was not immediately clear if Gore has already enrolled in the drug treatment program. Defense attorney Al Stokke could not be reached for immediate comment.
Had he not been eligible for the drug-treatment program, he could have faced up to three years and eight months in prison, prosecutors said earlier.
Gwen Vieau of the Superior Court said the program Gore agreed to complete is even more stringent than the typical programs, but she said court records on the case was sealed.
Gore was driving a blue Toyota Prius south on the San Diego (5) Freeway about 2:15 a.m. July 4 when a sheriffs deputy stopped him at the Crown Valley Parkway exit, said sheriffs spokesman Jim Amormino.
The deputy smelled marijuana and searched the car, finding less than an ounce of marijuana, but also the prescription drugs Valium, Xanax, Vicodin, Soma and Adderall, which is used to treat attention deficit disorder.
The Harvard graduate said he did not have a prescription for the drugs and admitted smoking marijuana shortly before being stopped, Amormino said.
However, authorities did not book him on suspicion of DUI because they decided Gore was not impaired by the marijuana, he said.
Gore was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and speeding and posted the bail.
The former vice president said later that the arrest was being dealt with as a private family matter. He expressed love and support for his son. Susan Schroeder of the Orange County District Attorneys Office said Gore would not qualify to enroll in the program again within five years. The son of the former vice president was charged with marijuana possession in Maryland in 2003 after police stopped him driving without his vehicles headlights on. In February 2004 he entered a substance abuse program as part of a plea agreement. Gore was ticketed for reckless driving by North Carolina police in August 2000 for allegedly driving 94 mph, and in September 2002, military police arrested him on suspicion of drunken driving near a military base in Virginia.
Gore, the youngest of four children, graduated from Harvard in 2005 and works as an associate publisher of Good magazine, a startup published in Los Angeles. In April 1989, he nearly died in a car accident in Maryland.
Seems being a Democratic leaders son is better than being a hotel heiress when it comes to sentencing. This is a pretty sweet deal.
They should toss his fat ass in jail and let him do his rehab there. More BS preferential treatment for children of celebs.
“Eighteen months from now, a judge will review the case, and if Gore has adhered to all requirements, which include drug testing, the charges will be dismissed”
Daddy will have his “people” make sure that there are no more incidents.
We’ve heard the last of AG_III........
he may get a chance to meet lindsey lohan since her last stint in detox didnt workout as well as expected.
“Court records were sealed...”
Maybe he passed a field sobriety test.
Since 1989 he has been arrested for speeding, drunk driving, drug possession, and spent time in rehab. Apparently, his 1989 near death experience didn't teach him anything. It's doubtful that the latest rehab will be successful.
I’m not making excuses for him, but this is the son who got hit by a car after a Baltimore Orioles game when he was a teen, and got to see how his Dad was more wrapped up in politics at the time than hos own son’s well being
The Wikipidia info on this is a crock.
Al Gore held up the hospital release of his son until aides could round up the proper attire for him to wear during the photo session of the boy’s release.
How would you like to be Al Gore’s son?
Think he'll pass the tests?
No, but we will never know that.
Lohan needs to hire gore’s attorney STAT!
On April 3, 1989, then-Sen. Albert Gore, Jr. and his son, Albert Gore III, were leaving the Baltimore Orioles opening day baseball game when, according to news reports, Albert III “let go of his father’s hand” and darted into the street near Memorial Stadium. Albert III was hit by a car and injured severely with broken bones, ruptured spleen, bruised lung and concussion.
The driver of the car, Jasper McWilliams reportedly was not speeding and the police did not charge him at that time.
The accident was understandably distressing to Gore, but his behavior in its aftermath was curious. In his son’s hospital room, the elder Gore began writing his well-known book and environmental call-to-arms “Earth in the Balance.”
Gore wrote, “For me something changed in a fundamental way. I don’t think my son’s brush with death was solely responsible, although that was the catalyst. But I had also just lost a presidential campaign; moreover, I had just turned 40 years old. I was, in a sense, vulnerable to the change that sought me out in the middle of my life and gave me a new sense of urgency about those things I value the most.”
Albert III’s accident spurred Gore’s now famous activism on the “rapidly deteriorating global environment,” a battle which Gore wrote includes “completely eliminating the internal combustion engine over, say, a 25-year period” and “embarking on an all-out effort to use every policy and program, every law and institution, every treaty and alliance, every tactic and strategy, every plan and course of action — to use, in short, every means to halt the destruction of the environment and to preserve and nurture our ecological system.”
The fact that a car accident precipitated a call to eliminate the internal combustion engine is bizarre enough, but it’s not the end of the unusual events following the accident.
A week after the accident, blame for the accident somehow got displaced. McWilliams was suddenly charged with speeding and failing to exercise proper precaution upon seeing a child in the road.
He was tried in Baltimore District Court in July 1989. McWilliams was acquitted of all charges, leaving Gore, as the parent holding his child’s hand while crossing the road, with responsibility for the accident.
But why did Gore, a powerful Democrat, allow Baltimore City, a Democratic stronghold, to prosecute McWilliams at all?
Dude... your dad is so cool.
Can he clean my record too?
Time for daddy dearest to stop thinking about himself and start thinking about what is really important, his lost son.
It is July 30 and he is to enter and complete a NINE month drug program by Feb 7. since there is not a YEAR noted in the article, can someone tell me how a NINE month drug program is completed in about 6 months and one week?
I have been a bookkeeper most of my life, and this math stinks.
But not long after Gore says he had his bedside epiphany, he sent his Senate staff scrambling for a more family-friendly shirt just minutes before a photo-op he arranged the day his 6-year-old son was discharged from the hospital, say sources familiar with the 1989 press conference.
Hospital staffers who witnessed the behind-the-scenes maneuvering were “appalled” at what seemed to be Gore’s calculating behavior in the middle of a heart-rending family crisis — behavior that would show up again later in his political life, fitting into a pattern. It was no secret that Gore, coming off a failed bid for the White House in 1988, was angling for another run and seeking more press exposure.
The staff at the Baltimore hospital where Albert Gore III was treated were shocked, first, that Gore would want to even hold a press conference after Tipper Gore had insisted on maintaining their “privacy,” and then, that he almost held up the televised news event fussing over what style of shirt to wear.
Gore was wearing a dress shirt at the time, but decided it looked too serious and business-like for the occasion, according to sources. He wanted a shirt that conveyed a warmer, family image, so he sent his staff out to find a more casual-looking shirt.
After a trip to a Johns Hopkins Hospital gift shop didn’t turn up what he wanted, a Senate staffer finally brought back from an outside store a Pendelton-style, or flannel-like, long-sleeve sports shirt that Gore liked and changed into.
“He was wearing a button-down Oxford-cloth shirt which said, ‘Office. This is a work shirt.’ And he decided he wanted a much more casual shirt which said, ‘Home, dad,’” a source who wished to remain anonymous said.
“He didn’t like anything in the gift shop,” the source added. “So he sent a staff member out to get another shirt.”
Jo Ann Rogers, director of media relations for Johns Hopkins Hospital, says the press conference took place the day Gore’s son was discharged — on April 26, 1989. The boy was recovering from a broken thighbone, broken collarbone, broken ribs, ruptured spleen (some 60 percent of which was removed), bruised lung, bruised pancreas, bruised kidney and second-degree skin burns from where he was dragged by the car.
While other politicians are image-conscious, critics say Gore is image-obsessed.
What is The Third Way motto? Equal opportunity for all. Special privilege for none. Except for Me and Mine.
There’s video of Jr. leaving the court house at this link