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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Limbaugh blows his deal?

Rush Limbaugh worked out a pretty good deal in his “doctor-shopping” prescription fraud case: continue seeing his doctor, complete an 18-month addiction treatment program, pay restitution to the State and stay out of trouble, and the charge would be dropped. Limbaugh, however, may have blown this deal now that he allegedly was found in possession of a bottle of Viagra bearing a prescription not in his name when he was searched at a Florida airport. A new criminal charge almost certainly would prompt prosecution of the original prescription fraud charge.

Limbaugh's attorney, Roy Black, reportedly said the prescription came from Limbaugh's doctor and was issued in this doctor’s name for “privacy purposes.” I don’t know, though—on a deferred prosecution program for prescription fraud and he is found with a prescription in someone else’s name? Even if we take Roy Black’s “privacy” explanation at face value, my sense is that most of my clients—who were not rich or famous—would be viewed in this situation as having engaged in seriously arrogant conduct in the face of significant State leniency by not clearing this sort of thing first with the prosecutor or judge. If Black’s explanation is verified, it will be interesting to see whether prosecutors attempt to make this point with Limbaugh, or whether they simply let it slide.

Posted by Brooks Holland on June 27, 2006 at 04:34 PM in Criminal Law, Current Affairs | Permalink

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If Limbaugh was sent up the river, there would never, ever, ever be a more poetically just result. Ever.


See link where Limbaugh calls for revocation of his parole, a stiff prison term, and if necessary, stripping of U.S. citizenship and deportation:

http://www.fair.org/index.php?page=1159

Posted by: Bart Motes | Jun 28, 2006 12:43:57 AM

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