Al Gore III Pleads Guilty in Drug Bust

Ex-VP's son picks rehab stint over prison after latest brush with law
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 30, 2007 4:22 PM CDT
Former Vice President Al Gore, second from left, and his wife Tipper arrive with their son Albert Gore III, right and daughter Karenna Gore Schiff, left, for the 79th Academy Awards Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Al Gore III pleaded guilty to four drug charges today and elected to enter a rehab program to avoid prison time, People reports. The ex-VP's 24-year-old youngest child was busted with marijuana and prescription drugs—including Vicodin, Xanax and Valium—after being pulled over in southern California for speeding in his Prius.

"This is what anyone coming off the street would be eligible for," a spokeswoman for the Orange County DA said. "Gore didn't get any more or any less than anyone else." Gore, a Harvard grad who works at a Los Angeles magazine, had citations for speeding (2000), DUI (2002) and marijuana possession (2003), but has never served jail time.