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04-29-06, 02:29 PM #1
Rush Limbaugh arrested and booked on charge of Prescription Fraud
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) -- A three-year investigation into drug use by Rush Limbaugh ended abruptly when the conservative commentator was booked on a single charge of prescription fraud in a deal his attorney says spares him a trial.
The charge will be dropped if Limbaugh continues treatment, attorney Roy Black said Friday.
"He feels that a great burden has been lifted from his shoulders," he said. "What he told me is that this is the first day of the rest of his life."
Limbaugh surrendered at the Palm Beach County Jail and was booked on a warrant charging him with "doctor shopping," when a patient illegally deceives multiple physicians to receive overlapping prescriptions.
The 55-year-old commentator left an hour later, after he was photographed and fingerprinted and he posted $3,000 bail, said Teri Barbera, spokeswoman for the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.
Under the terms of the deal with prosecutors called a pretrial diversion, to be filed Monday, Limbaugh will be cleared of the charge if he stays clean for 18 months and doesn't violate any laws, Black said.
Limbaugh has publicly acknowledged being addicted to pain medication.
According to the warrant, sometime between February and August 2003, Limbaugh withheld information from a medical practitioner from whom he sought to obtain a controlled substance or a prescription for a controlled substance.
As a formality, Limbaugh entered a not guilty plea to the charge, spokesman Tony Knight said. The radio giant has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation.
"He was in high spirits," Knight said. "It was all a formality. It's a concluded deal."
Under the deal, Limbaugh also agreed to pay the state $30,000 to defray the public cost of the investigation and must pay $30 per month for the cost of supervision, during which time he will continue regular drug tests.
Mike Edmondson, spokesman for the state attorney's office, said prosecutors had not yet received the signed agreement.
"I am not disputing the facts, the conditions that Black represented, but until his client signed the agreement, we don't have a full agreement," Edmondson said. "I am sure it's just a timeline issue."
He refused to comment further.
Black said Limbaugh has been drug free for 2 1/2 years. After 18 months, "he will not have any criminal record," he said.
Prosecutors began investigating Limbaugh in 2003 after The National Enquirer reported his housekeeper's allegations that he had abused OxyContin and other painkillers. He soon took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter a rehabilitation program and acknowledged he had become addicted to pain medication. He blamed it on severe back pain.
"The agreement that we entered into makes good common sense," Black said. "The idea is to help the person overcome the addiction ... There should be a recognition that people like Rush really should not be prosecuted."
Prosecutors seized Limbaugh's medical records after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. The investigation was held up as prosecutors and Black battled in court over whether the records were properly seized.
Limbaugh reported five years ago that he had lost most of his hearing, saying it was caused by an autoimmune inner-ear disease. He had surgery to have an electronic device placed in his skull to restore his hearing. But research shows that abusing opiate-based painkillers can also cause profound hearing loss.
Before his own problems became public, Limbaugh had decried drug use and abuse and mocked President Clinton for saying he had not inhaled when he tried marijuana. He often made the case that drug crimes deserve punishment.
"Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. ... And so if people are violating the law by doing drugs, they ought to be accused and they ought to be convicted and they ought to be sent up," Limbaugh said on his short-lived television show on Oct. 5, 1995.
During the same show, he commented that statistics that show blacks go to prison more often than whites for the same drug offenses only illustrate that "too many whites are getting away with drug use."
04-29-06, 05:45 PM #2
A three year investigation resulting in this. Never would have happened if it wasn't Limbaugh.
04-29-06, 06:09 PM #3
The liberals are in a frenzy.
04-29-06, 09:33 PM #4bad to the bone
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It would appear that our dear Rush Limbaugh is a hypocrite. What a surprise.
04-29-06, 11:13 PM #5Originally Posted by Daynathepayna
He was prescribed a drug for legitimate purposes to which he became addicted. People don't legitimately sell coke on street corners.
If a narcotics officer who had spent his career combatting drug crimes was injured and became addicted to pain medication, I bet your first response wouldn't be to call him a hypocrite. Of course a conservative pundit is a different story. What a surprise.
04-30-06, 06:51 PM #6bad to the bone
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"Limbaugh surrendered at the Palm Beach County Jail and was booked on a warrant charging him with "doctor shopping," when a patient illegally deceives multiple physicians to receive overlapping prescriptions."
This makes him a criminal Andrew, and not just an addict. My mother was also addicted to this drug and went through three months of rehab. She was on the drug for legitimate reasons and didn't practice any form of deception to obtain her prescription. That is the difference.
04-30-06, 11:08 PM #7Originally Posted by Daynathepayna
Yes, that makes him a criminal. The drug he was using was for legitimate purposes was very addictive, and has a track record of such. Once he was medically okay to get off the drugs, he still felt like he needed them, because he was addicted. His brain/body became addicted and he made poor decisions to obtain the medecine he was addicted to. It was a bad thing to do, but at least he wasn't robbing any pharmacies to get it. When you get into our line of work, you begin to realize their are worse crimes out there. You can put him in jail, but he needs help with this addiction more than anything. If the crime says he deserves a certain amount of time, then give it to him...I'm not making excuses. If this drug is so addictive, then I recommend the FDA not allow it to be distributed and used.
Politically speaking, this has all appearances of being a political witchhunt by the Democrats.
05-01-06, 04:18 AM #8Politically speaking, this has all appearances of being a political witchhunt by the Democrats.
05-01-06, 12:34 PM #9Originally Posted by mxwelch
Personally, I don't like Limbaugh, he's Al Franken turned inside out. Both jump and down, scream about what they don't like and rarely, if ever offer a viable solution to anything..... Hell, my 4 year old grandson can do that.
I used to work around this super conservative woman detective. She loved Limbaugh and was always going around bitching about the "femi-nazi's" that he talked about constantly. I finally got sick of it and reminded her that she'd be waiting tables if it hadn't of been for those "femi-nazi's".... I loved to have told her too that if they weren't around, I'd have fired her lazy ass a long time ago too but I didn't dare.
And I don't have any sympathy for Limbaugh on this case, yeah he got addicted to prescription drugs, but he had a choice a long time ago to go to treatment. But it didn't become important to him until that DA had him by the short hair. Had he not been caught, who knows how far down he would have gone. The only real difference between him and a street doper is that he had the money to get the stuff from doctors. Street dopers don't have that kind of money. Don't kid yourself that one's a cut above of the other. Addiction is a disease, whether you have money or not.
05-01-06, 05:04 PM #10bad to the bone
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Excellent post Retdetsgt!
05-01-06, 05:26 PM #11WhateverVerified LEO
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Limbaugh OKs Deal, Will Have Drug Tests
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By BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press Writer
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Rush Limbaugh must submit to random drug tests under an agreement filed Monday that will dismiss a prescription fraud charge against the conservative commentator after 18 months if he complies with the terms.
He also must continue treatment for his acknowledged addiction to painkillers and he cannot own a gun.
The agreement did not call for Limbaugh to admit guilt to the charge that he sought a prescription from a physician in 2003 without revealing that he had received medications from another practitioner within 30 days. He pleaded not guilty Friday.
"This is a common sense resolution and the appropriate way the state should treat people who have admitted an addiction to prescription pain medication and voluntarily sought treatment," Limbaugh's attorney, Roy Black, said in a statement Monday to The Associated Press.
Prosecutors launched their investigation in 2003 after Limbaugh's housekeeper alleged he abused OxyContin and other painkillers. He entered a five-week rehabilitation program that year and blamed his addiction on severe back pain.
"I spoke recently with his doctor who told me Mr. Limbaugh has made an exceptionally strong recovery and remains firmly committed to continued treatment," said Black, who said Limbaugh has been drug free for 2 1/2 years.
The Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office may revoke or modify the deal if Limbaugh violates the terms, according to the agreement.
05-01-06, 05:35 PM #12Originally Posted by Curt581
05-01-06, 07:21 PM #13Originally Posted by Retdetsgt
05-01-06, 08:29 PM #14Originally Posted by mxwelch
Just because someone is in agreement with your or anyone else's political ideas, it doesn't mean their great human beings... A couple of decades ago there was an evangelist who preached who America was going to hell because of the loose morality. Until he got busted picking up a hooker in L.A. That got a lot of publicity too......
I'm not choked up about the liberal media either, but I don't really believe they protect prominent people with drug problems. Besides, Limbaugh still used illegal means to get drugs.
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