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UNDERAGE Bush daughter pleads no contest to possessing alcohol


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) _ President Bush's 19-year-old daughter Barbara pleaded no contest to underage possession of alcohol in Texas and was placed on probation.

Her twin sister, Jenna, pleaded innocent to trying to buy a margarita with someone else's ID.

The sisters were cited by police after their visit May 29 to a Mexican restaurant in Austin.

Barbara did not appear Thursday at an Austin municipal court. Her lawyer, Gerry Morris, entered the plea for her. Jenna pleaded innocent according a court letter dated Wednesday.

Just two weeks before the incident, Jenna Bush pleaded no contest to underage drinking charges. She was ordered to take alcohol counseling and perform community service.

According to a police report obtained by the Austin American-Statesman, Jenna Bush started crying when an officer stopped the twins as they left the restaurant on May 29.

``She then stated that I do not have any idea what it is like to be a college student and not be able to do anything that other students get to do,'' Officer Clifford Rogers wrote in his report.

According to the report, the bartender spotted Jenna Bush walking into the restaurant and the staff later called 911.

Barbara Bush and two friends were served margaritas and tequila shots, according to the police report.

By the time the first officer arrived at 10:34 p.m. ``the tequila shots were all gone and each of the three margaritas were at least partially consumed,'' a restaurant employee told police,

The Police Department refused to release the report because the investigation is ongoing, said spokeswoman Toni Chovanetz. A request by The Associated Press for the documents made last week under Freedom of Information laws has been forwarded to the Texas Attorney General, she said.

Barbara was sentenced to probation and eight hours of community service and must attend an alcohol awareness class. She was also ordered to pay $100 in court fees. The probation, technically called ``deferred disposition,'' runs through Sept. 7.

Her attorney, Gerry Morris, did not immediately return phone calls from The Associated Press.

A letter dated June 6 from the court to Jenna Bush's attorney Bill Allison set a hearing date of July 31. It indicates that Jenna pleaded innocent to the charge.

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