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May 05, 2006

Limbaugh sentence

I read that Rush Limbaugh had been placed on probation for 18 months provided he continues to receive treatment for his drug addiction (5/2, A-1, “Random drug testing required of Limbaugh: After 18 months, charge against him will be dismissed”).

I am eagerly anticipating reading the letters to the editor you will surely receive from all the law-and-order conservatives out there who are outraged by our morally depraved, bleeding-heart, revolving-door criminal justice system for plea-bargaining this case down to nothing.

Ken Herdrick
Kansas City

Comments

tomw

Lost-The law does not distinguish between "illegal" drugs and prescription drugs obtained illegally.

Lost_In_Ambivalence

Hey oldie

Clearly his rant was about illegal drugs and not prescription drugs.

Old Drum

Engineer, perhaps you haven't been listening long enough.

“There’s nothing good about drug use. We know it. It destroys individuals. It destroys families. Drug use destroys societies. Drug use, some might say, is destroying this country. And we have laws against selling drugs, pushing drugs, using drugs, importing drugs. And the laws are good because we know what happens to people in societies and neighborhoods which become consumed by them. 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. What this says to me is that too many whites are getting away with drug use. Too many whites are getting away with drug sales. Too many whites are getting away with trafficking in this stuff. The answer to this disparity is not to start letting people out of jail because we’re not putting others in jail who are breaking the law. The answer is to go out and find the ones who are getting away with it, convict them and send them up the river, too.”
- Rush Limbaugh show, Oct. 5, 1995

Found here:
http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/1011-02.htm

Lost_In_Ambivalence

Engineer

I too listen to Rush many hours a week (kinda like I would stare at a train wreck as I pass. Sickening awe I guess). Arguing that he "accidentaly got hooked" on prescription drugs goes totally counter his personal responsibility kick. He CHOSE to do something he knew was wrong. If he felt like he was addicted, he should have sought help rather than Dr. shop.

Engineer

tomw
Rush is on the air 15 hours per week for at least 48 weeks per year. I listen frequently and have heard him say a lot about what action should be taken against drug traffickers. I can't recall hearing him say anything about the incarceration of "users".

Engineer

It seems to me that Rush's case received a lot more attention and a much more complete investigation than is usually associated with an infraction such as this. It also seems to me that getting accidentally "hooked' on a prescription pain killer is a different order of things from getting addicted to a recreational drug.
At least Rush did nothing potentially dangerous to others.

Lost_In_Ambivalence

The problem that many Liberals have (as do I) with the Rush situation is that he preaches personal responsiblity and lawful punishment but then when it affect him, he pleas his way out of it. Suck it up Mr. Limbaugh. You did the crime, do the time. This is just another instance of how everything changes when it applys to yourself.

jack

The dreaded ACLU came to the defense of Rush Limbaugh? I knew those darned liberals needed to be outlawed!

tomw

RWC-If you have evidence of "abuse of power", please provide it. Newsweek reports "According to a police affidavit, during one six-month period in 2003, he obtained some 2,000 painkillers from four different doctors." That's the police, not the prosecutor. I'm quite familiar with a first time drug offender who received an almost identical deal as Limbaugh. One significant difference is the offender I know had a fraction of the financial and legal wherewithall that Limbaugh enjoys. Roy Black is the top criminal defender out of Miami. The ACLU also came to Limbaugh's defense. (The prosecutors did infringe on Limbaugh's privacy in going after his medical records). If there was nothing to the allegations, Limbaugh would have never made this plea.

Is there any evidence, that Kennedy illegally obtained his drugs? It looks as though he is guilty of DUI (nothing to dismiss) and nothing more. It's the higher ups in the DCPD that you should really be concerned with.

JJ-As one who used to be a daily listener, I heard Limbaugh lobby for jail time for convicted drug users on more than one occasion.

jack

JJ and RWC: Limbaugh got what is a fairly standard plea deal for first time offenders. Just like those liberal, commie, pinko, movie stars.

Sorry, he was treated pretty much equally to anyone else. That includes the same kind of tabloid excess in the press.

jack

JJ: Most of the charges against ole Rush were related to "Dr Shopping". That is going to multiple Drs with the same ailment in order to get more prescriptions than he should have had.

Up until the last few years, this was a strictly State matter. Several years ago, the Republican controlled Congress passed a law making it a Federal crime.

Since the Reps were the ones that federalized the offense, I think they should get "credit" for the outcome.

Having spent many years in the Chemical Dependency field, I think it is stupid to effectively Federalize addiction. My hope is that instead of blaming the "liberals" for something they had nothing to do with, the Limbaugh fiasco would serve to mobilize the "conservatives" to get this idiotis law recinded.

jack

RWC: Limbaugh was primarily investigated by the Federal Government. Funny how those "liberals" manage to be at fault for something the Republicans have total control of, isn't it.

And remember our fabled ("Dress that statue.") Attorney General John Ashcroft? He publically promised that the portion of the Patriot Act allowing the Feds to get into a Drs records would "never" be used against anyone not suspected of terrorist activities. Can you geuss what the Republican controlled Federal investigators used against Rush Limbaugh?

But I geuss some people will blame anything and everything they don't like on the dreaded "liberals" won't they.

JUNGLEJACK

One of the great misconceptions regarding the whole Rush situation (spread almost entirely by those who never listen to him) is labelling him a hypocrite because of how he rails against drug use on his program. As a semi-regular listener, I can assure you this is false. Other than referring to hippy leftovers as "dope smokers", I've never heard a severe condemnation of any addict on Rush's show. He is guilty of being an addict - just like many Hollywood personalities - only I don't remember any of the media-favored actors doing any time simply for being an addict.

jack

Limbaugh got what is a pretty standard sentence in first time offenders. He should be deeply grateful that they chose not to make an example out of him. And he should now shut up about how the system treats first time drug offenders.

RWC

It was plead down to nothing because they had nothing. Do you really believe this partisan prosecutor would let his 'trophy' off the hook if he had enough for a conviction?

This guy harassed Limbaugh for over 2 1/2 years simply because he doesn't agree with his political views. Oh yeah, he also owns talk radio and exposes liberal hypocrisy five days a week. That may have had something to do with it too.

Shocking abuse of power.

I'll be looking for your letter, Ken, criticizing young Mr. Kennedy of Rhode Island, who today admitted to having essentially the same problem as Rush.

Somehow, I don't think someone from the first family of liberal democrats will be pursued with the same gusto.

 
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