Thursday, June 16, 2005

What A Rush

One of Rush Limbaugh’s favorite targets is trial lawyers and activist judges. That is, until he needs them.

From the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:

Palm Beach County prosecutors told a judge Wednesday that they want to see all of Rush Limbaugh’s seized medical records to determine whether he engaged in a long-term pattern of criminal prescription drug abuse.

For the first time, prosecutors said the records could provide a crucial link between allegations by Limbaugh’s former housekeeper and later allegations that Limbaugh engaged in doctor shopping for prescriptions.

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Assistant State Attorney James Martz told Palm Beach County Circuit Judge Thomas Barkdull that the records could show that the conservative radio host engaged in doctor shopping — secretly obtaining overlapping prescriptions from different doctors in one month — after the Clines stopped selling to him.

“There is a definitive start to the prescription medications. That definitive start may well coincide with the Clines withdrawing their willingness to do business with Mr. Limbaugh,” Martz said.

More than a year and half after prosecutors seized records from four of Limbaugh’s doctors in late 2003, they are still waiting to review them. Limbaugh’s high-profile attorney, Roy Black, is waging an intense legal battle to keep the records secret. Barkdull will soon rule on which records, if any, prosecutors can review.

Limbaugh, 54, of Palm Beach, has not been charged with any crimes. He fought prosecutors from gaining access to the sealed records and lost all the way to the Florida Supreme Court.

Say, Rush, why don’t you see if you can get Congress to pass a special “Rush’s Bill” to have the federal government intercede in the state’s right to prosecute you? Isn’t that how it works?