noelle bush caught in crackdown
Noelle Bush, daughter of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, has been found in posession of a "white, rocklike substance" that tested positive for cocaine while at the rehab center she's attending by court order.
If confirmed, the drug posession would be the second instance since she agreed to attend rehab in hopes of vacating a felony charge of attempting to purchase prescription drugs with a forged prescription. She spent three days in jail for contempt of court after being caught with prescription drugs in rehab. In addition, posession of any amount of cocaine is a felony under Florida law.
Take a look at the interesting behavior of various officials involved with her case as they try to shield this multiple felon:
Bush wasn't immediately arrested because police couldn't obtain sworn statements from people at the center...Police said staffers at the center tried to persuade the officer to let the matter be handled in-house and didn't cooperate by providing statements. The officer originally had been summoned by a patient, police said.
Governor Bush had some interesting words about his daughter as well:
"This is a private issue as it relates to my daughter and myself and my wife," he said. "The road to recovery is a rocky one [I'm sure no pun was intended] for a lot of people that have this kind of problem."
I sympathize with the pain Governeor Bush's family must feel, but it'd disingenuous to call this apparent relapse a "private issue." Her progress or lack thereof in rehab may be a private issue, but felony cocaine posession is a criminal issue, a matter for the courts.
That's enough of this. If she really did have a rock of crack, Noelle Bush belongs in jail. She has blown any benefit of the doubt with this latest incident. And as this Salon article points out, the leniency Noelle Bush has already been shown is in marked contrast to many first-time drug offenders. The Constitution guarantees equal protection; it's time to stop coddling treatment for the well-connected.