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Old 04-29-2006, 10:03 AM   #1
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Repeat Drug Addict Buys Freedom, Avoids Jail Time

http://www.cnn.com/2006/LAW/04/28/li...ked/index.html

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Rehab, $30,000 to keep Limbaugh out of court
Attorney: Prosecutor to drop charge after 18 months of treatment

(CNN) -- Firebrand radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh was charged Friday with fraudulently concealing information to obtain prescription drugs, but prosecutors will drop the charge after 18 months if Limbaugh remains in treatment for drug addiction, his lawyer said.

Limbaugh also agreed to pay the state of Florida $30,000 to help cover the cost of the investigation into the conservative radio personality's alleged "doctor shopping," a felony in Florida.

Attorney Roy Black said the deal will end a lengthy investigation into whether Limbaugh "doctor shopped," which is illegally obtaining prescriptions from multiple sources. Limbaugh acknowledged an addiction to painkillers in October 2003 after his former housekeeper told The National Enquirer she sold drugs to him. (Watch how Rush Limbaugh made a deal -- 2:56)

Following the revelation, Limbaugh left his radio show for five weeks while he attended a rehabilitation program.

"Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position," Black said in a statement, adding that Limbaugh pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Limbaugh was planning on remaining in treatment anyway, Black said, so "we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won."

The radio host turned himself in to the Palm Beach County sheriff's office on Friday and was released on bail before 5 p.m., a sheriff's spokesman said.

Although Black urged reporters not to call it an arrest -- because Limbaugh turned himself in and was never handcuffed -- a sheriff's spokesman said technically he was under arrest during his booking.

The single charge will stand until Limbaugh has finished 18 months of drug treatment. Then, under the agreement with the Palm Beach County state attorney, the charge will be dropped, Black said.

"As a primary condition of the dismissal, Mr. Limbaugh must continue to seek treatment from the doctor he has seen for the past two-and-one-half years," Black said. "This is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse."

During the investigation, authorities seized prescription records from several drugstores from which Limbaugh obtained 2,000 pills over six months, prosecutors said.

Last year, Black said Limbaugh was prescribed eight hydrocodone pills a day for seven months, "which is not excessive and is in fact a lawful dose."

Hydrocodone is a potent painkiller that can become addictive.

The majority of the medicine was prescribed by two doctors who were treating Limbaugh for back pain, the attorney said. The doctors worked in the same office.

The rest of the painkillers were prescribed by a California doctor who performed surgery to restore Limbaugh's hearing, and a Florida doctor who prescribed Limbaugh vitamin pills and a medication to combat ringing in the ears, Black said.
So if he was just a bum on the street getting arrested for this, would he have gotten two slaps on the wrist over the years?

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So if he was just a bum on the street getting arrested for this, would he have gotten two slaps on the wrist over the years?
Nope

That's quite a "mug shot", it looks like a professional headshot

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This isn't fair. If I did that I'd be doing time.
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This isn't fair. If I did that I'd be doing time.

Oh really? Do you have any idea of how many offenders get rehab instead of jail time?

In many places, it is essentially mandated.

He should face the same legal system as everyone else.
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He should face the same legal system as everyone else.
He should, yes.

With that, most people do not have $30,000 to throw at the problem. So how is he facing the same legal system as everyone else in this case?

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Yes, he is. Many people get state subsidized treatment to avoid jail time. Since he has money, he will pay the way.
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Yes, he is. Many people get state subsidized treatment to avoid jail time. Since he has money, he will pay the way.
Thus, this goes back to what I learned in criminology courses about how crime stats are often skewed against minorities, because they are less likely to garner sympathy from the legal system to get lesser charges for the same crimes committed by statistically wealthier whites. As such, goutraged America goes away thinking that we have a runaway crime problem with racial minorities.

He is not facing the same legal system as everyone else.

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Draw what conclusions you like from the statistics, unless he faces harsher penalties than the average drug offender, you will always conclde that he is facing a "different" system.
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Draw what conclusions you like from the statistics, unless he faces harsher penalties than the average drug offender, you will always conclde that he is facing a "different" system.
But that's it. How many arrested drug addicts are going to be treated this "nicely"? How many arrested drug addicts are afforded a "professional headshot" for a mugshot? Was he afraid of looking like Nick Nolte's infamous mugshot?

"Chappelle's Show" made an excellent parody of what I'm talking about here. I wish I had a clip to show here.

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How this case was brought is different than the average drug case. Instead of being picked up on the street for possession or dealing, the case was made by review of prescription records, etc.

I wonder how many people illegally obtain prescription drugs on the internet who go unpunished?
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How this case was brought is different than the average drug case. Instead of being picked up on the street for possession or dealing, the case was made by review of prescription records, etc.

I wonder how many people illegally obtain prescription drugs on the internet who go unpunished?



the guy had a $10,000 dollar a week habit

it made him go deaf

for christ sake


retirees buying drugs online is a very poor comparison
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The discussion is frame around different applications of the criminal justice system. I guess you are arguing for even greater disparity in application.
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If limbaugh bought his blood pressure pills from drugsfromcanada.com

it would not even have made the news

why compare that to his extreme abuse of oxycotin
there are many in jail for abusing hillbilly heroin.
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OK - is his fine and rehab requirement too lenient?
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perhaps the "not guilty" part in the plea.
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