Saturday, April 29, 2006

Rush Limbaugh Arrested


Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.

Limbaugh turned himself in to authorities on a warrant issued by the State Attorney's Office, said Teri Barbera, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney's Office.

Limbaugh's arrest report is online. His bond was for $3,000. His lawyer, Roy Black, is saying this is a settlement agreement. What he is talking about is that Limbaugh was told by the Judge to turn himself in at a certain time. Depending on the deal, if Limbaugh successfully completes treatment then he has no more probation (or what's called paper.) If he is a first time offender he can arrange a deal for no points on his record.

This is how the legal paperwork will look Monday.

Mr. Limbaugh will continue in treatment with the doctor he has seen for the past two and one half years.

After Mr. Limbaugh completes an additional 18 months of treatment, the State Attorney has agreed to drop the charge.

Mr. Limbaugh has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation.

Like Josh Marshall's reader pointed out - it's a plea bargain. Highly-paid defense lawyers don't become highly paid for using those kind of terms.

I find Rush's show more boring than maddening. I'm not going to mock the man's addiction. I will point out he has made several harsh comments about drug abusers in the past. I certainly don't expect him to take back those statements. He wouldn't be Rush Limbaugh if he wasn't putting down people he perceived as inferior to him.

Update: From the mouth of Rush: "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."

Readers: tell me what you think about Linbaugh's arrest. Like you don't have an opinion on this? Bullshit. Tell me what you think.


At April 29, 2006 10:01 PM , Blogger Joel said...

Rush changing his mind about drug addiction - or anything else - would do far more damage to his image than the drug abuse itself. As long as he continues to be a blowhard people will keep listening.

Or maybe he'll retire. A guy can dream.

At May 01, 2006 11:32 AM , Blogger TheMax said...

people that are overly judgemental have something to hide.

At May 01, 2006 10:34 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as Rush is honest and upfront about his condition, most people will continue to support and listen to him.

With over 20 million listners you got to expect at least one positive comment about Rush on this blog.

Everbody has something to hide, so I guess that makes everybody overly judgemental.

At May 01, 2006 10:52 PM , Blogger Michael Hussey said...

"With over 20 million listners you got to expect at least one positive comment about Rush on this blog."

My problem was Rush's hypocrisy towards other drug addicts. Rush doesn't have respect for other addicts. Yet, cried wolf when the investigation started. Pot meets kettle.

At May 02, 2006 6:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, in that case let us hope that Rush will be more compassionate to drug addicts, and be able to share with them how he "overcame" his own drug addiction.


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