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The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — President Bush’s 19-year-old daughter Jenna was fined $600 Friday, and her driver’s license was suspended for 30 days on charges of underage drinking and trying to use someone else’s ID to buy liquor.

The University of Texas student did not attend the back-to-back hearings held to settle two separate incidents. Defense attorney Bill Allison said she was out of town.

Allison entered a no-contest plea to a charge that Bush tried to use someone else’s identification to buy alcohol at a popular Mexican restaurant May 29.

Municipal Judge Karrie Key ordered Bush to pay $100 in court fees, perform 36 hours of community service and attend a session in which victims of alcohol-related crimes discuss their experiences.

If she completes the requirements and stays out of trouble for three months, the charge will be dismissed.

However, the underage drinking charge, which stems from an incident in April, will go on her record as a conviction because of the restaurant violation.

Bush’s no-contest plea had been deferred by Community Court Judge Elisabeth Earle, who found her guilty Friday, fined her $500 and suspended her license.

Jenna’s twin sister, Barbara, a Yale University student, pleaded no contest last month to underage possession of alcohol stemming from the visit to the Mexican restaurant.

White House spokesman Ari Fleischer declined to comment on the developments Friday, saying it was “a family matter, not a government matter, and it’s not an issue the White House is going to get into.”

Fleischer spoke from Kennebunkport, Maine, where the family is vacationing.

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