Rush Limbaugh settlement

posted at 6:53 pm on April 28, 2006 by Michelle

***updated with statement from Premiere Radio…more*** Related to the prescription drug case. MSNBC / AP chose to headline his arrest and release on prescription fraud charges:

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.

The conservative radio commentator came into the jail at about 4 p.m. with his attorney Roy Black and bonded out an hour later on a $3,000 bail, Barbera said. The warrant was for fraud to conceal information to obtain prescription, Barbera said.

Black said his client and authorities reached a settlement on a single count charge of doctor shopping filed Friday by the State Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months.

Prosecutors seized Limbaugh’s records after learning that he received about 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors in six months, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. They contend that Limbaugh engaged in “doctor shopping,” or illegally deceived multiple doctors to receive overlapping prescriptions.

Limbaugh has not been charged and maintains he’s innocent. He has acknowledged he became addicted to pain medication, blaming it on severe back pain, and took a five-week leave from his radio show to enter a rehabilitation program in 2003.

But Kathryn Lopez at NRO has the settlement details:

In response to media and other inquiries, Roy Black, Rush Limbaugh’s attorney, released the following statement today concerning a settlement agreement with the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office to end the investigation of Mr. Limbaugh:

I am pleased to announce that the State Attorney’s Office and Mr. Limbaugh have reached an agreement whereby a single count charge of doctor shopping filed today by the State Attorney will be dismissed in 18 months. 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. This is the same doctor under whose care Mr. Limbaugh has remained free of his addiction without relapse.

“Mr. Limbaugh and I have maintained from the start that there was no doctor shopping, and we continue to hold this position. Accordingly, we filed today with the Court a plea of ‘Not Guilty’ to the charge filed by the State.

“As part of this agreement, Mr. Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the State of Florida to defray the public cost of the investigation. The agreement also provides that he must refrain from violating the law during this 18 months, must pay $30 per month for the cost of “supervision” and comply with other similar provisions of the agreement.

“Mr. Limbaugh had intended to remain in treatment. Thus, we believe the outcome for him personally will be much as if he had fought the charge and won.”

The actions taken today are as follows:

· The State Attorney has filed a single charge of doctor shopping with the Court. The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh.

· Mr. Limbaugh has filed a plea of “Not Guilty” with the Court.

The formal agreement between Mr. Limbaugh and the State Attorney will be filed with the Court on Monday. The terms of the agreement are substantively as follows:

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

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

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


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I hope he beats this phony stuff…the problem, as I see it is the power brokers in the Democrat Party want to see this man off the air before her Highness starts campaigning. He is the most effective radio host and there are many who listen and learn. Rush did something wrong here.. we all know it…I am praying he has beat the addiction but there are many more out there who walk around doing far worse. Tell me on rock star that is not taking or dealing. I believe this is pumped up to get him off the air. I am behind the man and his message and if they succeed in taking him off the air, there are many more conservative hosts to pick up his lead and carry the true massage to the free world.

And one more thing….Imus called him an addict and some other foul things….Hey! Imus, you old has been gas bag…what is your drug of choice these days??

Sandys Beach on April 28, 2006 at 7:06 PM

So when do the liberals who claim we should have tremendous amounts of compassion for drug addicts, unless they are Republicans, say he bought his way out of his conviction? Will we hear the claim that Rush should be sent to jail for his actions? Like the Big M says, the hypocrisy of the liberal left when someone they do not like personally or even disagree with politically, they instantly scream to make an example of that person. The other side changes their tune when it suits them at any given time. Versus having convictions and not changing your opinion because someone is on the other side of the political spectrum!

jasoneverts on April 28, 2006 at 7:18 PM


The State Attorney has filed a single charge of doctor shopping with the Court. The charge is being held in abeyance under the terms of an agreement between the State and Mr. Limbaugh.

>Mr. Limbaugh has filed a plea of “Not Guilty” with the Court.
The formal agreement between Mr. Limbaugh and the State Attorney will be filed with the Court on Monday. The terms of the agreement are substantively as follows:

>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

Sandys Beach on April 28, 2006 at 7:25 PM

OOPS! sorry about the last post..redundant.

Sandys Beach on April 28, 2006 at 7:26 PM

What an incredibly long investigation just to turn up with nothing. I wish him the best; Rush IS the best.

ZRyan on April 28, 2006 at 7:55 PM

Rush was NOT arrested. He turned himself in on a warrant. But what do the libs care. They want to rid the airwaves of conservative talk radio..starting with the most powerful voice.

This is not news. It’s the settlement of a charge which will be dropped.

The libs hypocrisy slip is showing. They demand compassion for those with addictive behaviors but cannot hide their own vindictive behavior toward Rush.

doingwhatican on April 28, 2006 at 8:04 PM

No worries, Rush Limbaugh isn’t retiring untill every American agrees with HIM. God willing he will be around for a long time to come.

I’m told Roy Black is a big lib himself, if true it seems like a smart move by Limbaugh in hiring him.

The Left would like us to believe that this scandal serves to discredit or invalidate Limbaugh’s political commentary, but they are wrong: Just as if I were to say that murder was wrong and then committed murder myself, I would still have been right in saying that it was wrong. Rush is still right in everything he has said, despite what he himself might have done.

The Left’s aim is to remove Rush Limbaugh from behind the Golden EIB microphone. Understandably so, as he is the most dangerous man in America.

RightWing on April 28, 2006 at 8:05 PM

This is so sad this could happen in this country. All political bull crap, nothing more.

This is a huge victory for Rush, but the MSM will spin it as Rush guilty of drug deals. Look at the headlines already. RUSH ARRESTED! That is spin at it’s best, in reality it is only a step in the settlement reached between the State and Rush.

Wade on April 28, 2006 at 8:12 PM

Taking pain killers for pain.

This should come back to bite a prosecutor someday.

Who else has been pursued for doctor shopping lately? Particularly in Florida, Arthritis Alley?

Wander on April 28, 2006 at 8:20 PM

I’m sorry, but you have to be arrested before you can plea-bargin (“reach a settlement”) and pay a fine (“make a $30,000 payment) and be “bonded out an hour later on a $3,000 bail”

Yes Rush was arrested.

_Monk_ on April 28, 2006 at 8:51 PM

I’ve been listening to Rush for 14 years this is nothing more than A political witch hunt, when this all started along with the Donivan McNabe nonsence Rushes popularty skyrocked…

birdman on April 28, 2006 at 8:59 PM

Rush is an egomaniac.

He can’t stop talking about how much he makes.

He’s has multible divorces.

He’s a genius and THE great American.

He has no wife; he has no children.

His love is this country.

He doesn’t need any more money; he has more than he could spend.

I listen simply because of his love for the truth and his love for our country.

Oh..and roast beef sandwiches!

Cheers, ElRushbo!

God bless you!!!!!


Jimmyboy1 on April 28, 2006 at 9:01 PM

It took a partisan prosecutor out to make a name for himself in liberal land about two years to what, end up with a case so trivial it went to diversion? Wow, what a coup! Rush will be around long after the prosecutor is back counting hanging chads in the 10th precinct.

right as rain man on April 28, 2006 at 9:08 PM

First off, lets make some things clear. Rush deveoped an addiction to prescription drugs following the use of oxycottin following back surgery. This can happen to anybody. In that light, the only thing he did wrong was not to seek help prior to being caught. Addiction is a shameful to many addicts. Rush never made excuses for his addiction. When he signed off on the friday prior to entering rehab he stated both that a) he is an addict and b) that he is not a victim. At that time, he already understood that what he did was wrong and without excuse. Compare that to those on the left who want to blame poverty, lack of education, and [enter favorite liberal excuse for the worlds ills here]. Which in my estimation makes Rush 100 times the person his critics are.

chow on April 28, 2006 at 9:12 PM

Rush is “Excellence in Broadcasting”. MSNBC is just noise.

JD on April 28, 2006 at 9:42 PM

In a way, it’s good that this is being to bed but in a real sense this is a defeat for the rule of law in this country and especially in Florida! That state DA should be arrested himself, as should the police involved, or DA assistants, who illegally searched Mr. Limbaugh’s medical records. Rush will survive but the law has taken a severe hit with this case!

DougW on April 28, 2006 at 9:52 PM

This is just another example of the left attempting to impose its will on society using stealthy, sneaky underhanded tactics. The left will stop at nothing to silence its critics, and Rush is the most successful critic out there. He flays open their hypocrisy for the world to see on a daily basis and they absolutely hate him. They unleashed another attack dog, Ronnie Earle, who is doing exactly the same thing to Tom DeLay. The left is attempting a philosophical coup d’etat.

If it was up to these villains, we’d be relegated to a society where free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, the right to own property, and the right to pursue happinesss would all disappear. They know what’s best for you and if you don’t accept their prescription there will be hell to pay.

The only part I don’t understand is why Rush would be willing to forfeit $30k to cover the cost of his witch hunt. Did the government ever ask Bill Clinton to cover the cost for the investigation that led to his conviction of perjury? No. As a matter of fact, he didn’t even pay for his legal defense at all because he got other dem-bots to pay for it for him. Even though he was guilty.

I’m sure it has to be a bitter pill for Rush to swallow, but I guess it’s the only option he has to get out from under this never ending state sponsored persecution. Rush wouldn’t surrender the high ground for personal convencience, would he? You’d think he’d be willing to spend his last dime in court before ever giving these people the satisfaction of securing the moral victory that they will now claim. Or…. now that he is out from under the legal encumbrances he can now speak freely and proceed to verbally disembowel the mafia that attempted to bring him down. Beware bedwetting liberals. Your day of reckoning draws nigh.

pistolero on April 28, 2006 at 10:30 PM

Rush is a legend in his own time with more class in a bead of his sweat than exists in the entire dimmocrap party. Even though I’m sure he would call me a long-haired maggot infested, dope smoking, phony bologna, plastic banana, good-time rock and roller FM type, and I truly believe in my heart that he has nothing but disdain for poor folks, (I try to give him every benefit of the doubt, but it is impossible to miss it in his voice) I still dig the guy, and have loved his work since I discovered him in ’92’. He IS right on dang near everything he says, and I hope he’s around for a long time to come. He is a winner.

This silly charge that is NEVER prosecuted is a joke. He probably has 30K in loose change in the pant pockets of this week’s laundry! Good for him. He deserves every penny he has earned. Rush is a national treasure. The hypocrisy of the “compassionate” left nauseates me.

ecamorg on April 28, 2006 at 11:27 PM

God Bless Rush.

My personal take on all this is that the dim prosecutor knew he really had nothing he could pin on him, and would not be able to use the copies of his medical records he made to railroad him, so he came up with this diversion plan so he can have this whole thing hang over Rush’s head for 18 months. That idiot is probably bragging to all his dim friends that he “owns” Rush now. You watch, somewhere someone will try accusing Rush of something to try and get him in trouble and violate his diversion.

BTW he may have reported to police on his own, but only by the most technical of readings was he “arrested.” They just want the headline to make it appeara that the police tracked him down and cuffed him like a common criminal and took him away to jail. A pox on the press!

geekrunner on April 28, 2006 at 11:34 PM

“That idiot is probably bragging to all his dim friends that he “owns” Rush now. You watch, somewhere someone will try accusing Rush of something to try and get him in trouble and violate his diversion.”

Uh huh. You can bet on it, gr. Rush is too big a fish to let go. They’ll try something, but I think MahaRushie will outwit them.

ecamorg on April 28, 2006 at 11:53 PM

Mega Dittos here ecamorg Rush has more class in one bead of his sweat than in the whole Democratic combined, but you’r wrong about him having no compassion for the poor, he speaks from the heart I can feel it. Rush is three years younger than me the term phony bologna good time rock & roll plastic banana B.S. is the same term that my friends and I used. We also dope smoked but I was never a lib and I smoke no more. If you are a phony bologna, smoke dope than brother no one can belive a word out of your mouth.

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 1:54 AM

Rush’s case highlights what is wrong about our drug enforcement debacle. We learned nothing from the alcohol prohibition experience. Instead of guaranteeing a monopoly for the drug cartels, I wish the government would save the cost of “enforcement”, which hasn’t worked; hold abusers legally responsible for any consequenses of their addiction; and provide cost-free rehab for those who request it.

Rush is lucky in that he can afford rehab. Most cannot. Like many addictions (tobacco comes to mind) it often takes several attempts to finally kick a drug habit.

If drug addicts want to ruin their lives, that’s their business. If they want to kick the habit, it behooves us to help. However, let’s eliminate the ancillary crime (burglary, robbery, etc.) that results from the high costs of the addiction and the rehab – and keep innocent citizens out of it.

If we can learn from this, then Rush’s experience can be a net benefit for all.

dman on April 29, 2006 at 4:55 AM

When Elvis Presley passed away from his addictive drugs, the prosecutor went after his doctor(s). Had he lived, I doubt he would have been charged with doctor shopping!!
It is very obvious this has simply been a case of a prosecutor with a political agenda. A liberal democrat
prosecutor out to “get” America’s most famous conservative
radio talk show host.
Rush was not in an effort to get “high” on drugs. His needs for meds stemmed for a need to relieve severe back pain. Not so with many celebrities in the past and current time that abuse drugs for pleasure.

gary on April 29, 2006 at 7:16 AM

What I find disturbing it that the rules of procedure have been ignored and permitted by the court!

The DA ordered his henchmen to swoop down and take Rush’s medical records WITHOUT court approval and to violate doctor/patient relationships. Rush’s attorney argued this point, but even though the judge agreed with Rush’s attorney, he still said it was OK to bend the rules this time.

Now, there are certain exceptions to the rules which law enforcement can utilize during criminal investigations without first obtaining a warrant. These are called extigent circumstances:

1) Plain view-where the police clearly see illegal stuff in actual plain view.
2) Consent-where the owner of property allows police to search his stuff.
3) Emergency situations(plain view only).
4) Preservation of Evidence-this is where the police witness evidence being moved or destroyed and can move without a warrant and gather up evidence, or REASONABLY believe that evidence is about to be destroyed.
5) Hot pursuit.
6) Incident to LAWFUL arrest (vehicles and persons searches).
7) Prisoners.

Now, I AM NOT AN ATTORNEY, so I will stand corrected by any legally trained person if need be. Now, none of this stuff applies to Rush’s situation.

I think that where Rush now resides is hard core Dems including the judges and the DA. Rush is perceived as a threat to them, and they want revenge because Al Gore did not win the election, because Kerry did not win the election, because they are not able to set up someone in broadcasting that can rival and surpass Rush. For the lib/dems, Rush is a reactionary! So, as stated in my copy of the COMMUNIST MANIFESTO AND RESTAURANT GUIDE “The ends justify the means.”

I think that Rush should have perhaps challenged this stuff via the Florida court of appeals and request the Florida State Attorney General’s to investigate the DA who went after Rush.

Could it be that, perhaps, in some states, the Constitution and Criminal Court procedure is indeed…written in pencil?

Just wondering….

The False Dervish on April 29, 2006 at 9:20 AM

I see what you’re saying, birdman. I say he would call me that,(phony bologna, ect…) because at first blush, that’s what he’d see. I fit the physical description, have no problem with folks who smoke, and I make a living playing rock and roll. That’s kind of an inside joke about me, but as far as my feelings regarding Rush’s attitude towards the poor… honestly, I have to stick by what I said earlier.

Now I know he demonstrates absurdity by being absurd, and I realize he pronounces poor “the poo-er” just to irritate people on purpose,(actually, it IS funny) but it appears, at least to me, that he has a reflexive indifference toward them. I truly can’t blame him, because so many of the poor are invincibly ignorant Dims, and deserve no better than what they give, and I can’t pin down an exact instance where he really struck me as antipathetic,(is that a word?).

It’s more like a gut feeling I get from a thousand vague comments he’s made. It’s the only gripe I have with Rush, and I have been a dittohead since the first time I heard him almost 15 years ago. He’s brilliant, insightful, funny as hell, and above all… Right. I also appreciate the concept of tough love. It’s fair, and it works extremely well. I acknowledge the charity of Rush, (the funds he raised for cancer research Friday was a beautiful, real gesture) and he could not do what he does as well as he does if he wasn’t genuine. He is a great one, there’s no denying it.

I just can’t shake the feeling though. Of course, I could be mistaken… or I may have some subconscious class envy myself.

ecamorg on April 29, 2006 at 11:01 AM

ecamorg Well I’m glad your not A phony balogna, plastic banana, good time rock & roll FM type as plain as glass I can see right through you type person. I graduated high school in (66), grew up during Vietnam, I experimented with drugs like many of us did big waste of time mostly pot no more. I’m A big music fan classic rock & roll, soul, Frank Sanatra, Ella, classical, pop,country you name it. I belive that anyone who his sincere in his heart has compassion for the poor. I just like Rush was broke and lived week to week trying to pay my bills. I have been there just like Rush has been there, I have never forgotten where I’ve came from. It’s like A location joke “you know you shouda been there”. Do you belong to Rush 24/7 if not join.

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 11:51 AM

The most important thing is that Rush is doing great, his treatment has been a success. I remember how awful he sounded right before the whole oxycontin story broke. I doubt El Rushbo would be on the air today if he wasn’t forced to confront his demons publicly.

As far as the press coverage goes, is anybody really surprised? It just gives me another example to show my children about how the media twists information to fit their agendas.

Heywood on April 29, 2006 at 12:13 PM

ecamorg I forgot to mention an excellent exanple of A plastic banana, good time rock & roll FM type as plain as glass I can see right through you type person is, Peter Fonda “Easy Rider The Trip”, Dennis Hopper also “Easy Rider”, and Dr. Timothy Leary. My friends And I met many of them during the (60s) and (70s), pushing A drug coulture. O did I for get to mention silly Willie “I tried to inhale but I coulden’t, I mean I really tried”, theres plenty of people out there like that I’m single and still go after the young woman i’m (58). I have mostly younger friends that think like me. I feel young and try to stay young or youthfull. Wonderfull young woman like Michelle Malkin put A smile on my face. Remember always think young it works…….ROCK AND ROLL FOR EVER!!!!!!!!

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 12:25 PM

ecamorg I also forget to mention I also started listing to Rush in (92), Sept. I belive, also I love your word “Dimmocrap” it fits the Dems to A tee, if you don’t mind thats the word i’m going to use from now on. Remember alsays think young and ROCK & ROLLLLLLLLLL FOREVER.

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 2:17 PM

ecamorg I also forgot to mention that I also started listening to Rush in (92), and that I love that word you have for the Dems “Dimmocrap Party”. I’m going to start using that term it fits them to A tee; if you don’t mind….Always rember think young stay young, and ROCK & ROLLLLLLLLLL FOR EVER.

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 2:23 PM

As a Dittohead since ’88, I’ve heard countless comments from El Rushbo about the poor. Someone, ecamorg I believe, said he didn’t think Rush had any compassion for the poor. I don’t believe that’s the case at all. Rush doesn’t suffer fools easily, and does have contempt for those who refuse to try to pull themselves out of poverty. Like the guy from Colorado who called years ago whining about being unable to afford the Limbaugh letter. Rush refused to give him a free one, but helped him put on a fundraiser (Dan’s bake sale?) Rush may be rich as hell now, but I believe he remembers where he came from.

right as rain man on April 29, 2006 at 6:41 PM

right as rain, right as rain man. It’s Saturiday night i’m going to shower and shave and go out and relax. I just got 5 new shirts from Right Wing can’t decide which one to wear. Untill later, bye.

birdman on April 29, 2006 at 7:07 PM

This isn’t politics………its drug addiction!
He has admitted it.
He defends and touts one of the most liberal presidents in our history.
A Joke on all of us conservatives.

LZVandy on April 30, 2006 at 9:15 AM

If I recall correctly, Rush would be the first person to be charged for a prescription drug addiction in that county. Every other addict that went through rehab had charges dropped and no longer investigated.

I don’t recall the source but it was early on in the hub-bub.

Just remember to be a liberal you have to be at best a hypocrit or at worst schizophrenic.

I prefer to not to participate in the lib mental health program.

Wil on April 30, 2006 at 10:11 AM

I don’t care if bribing law enforcement officials in South Florida is customary and expected, I may never forgive Rush for giving Barry Kirscher (Palm Beach State Attorney) a $30,000 “reimbursement.”

But, heck, none of us is perfect.

withoutfeathers on April 30, 2006 at 4:32 PM

This does have a positive side to it. The Old Guard Mainstream Media has once again exposed itself as the biased hacks they are.

This prosecutor needed “a way out” of the dilema he found himself in – er – put himself in. I think Rush is being overly generous giving this twerp a chance to “save face” with his political hack buddies. I do understand Rush’s need to get out from under the stress, though. He knows it’s political and doesn’t mean squat to his credibility.

Let’s hope Delay doesn’t cut Ron Earle any such slack. Earle is a proven political hack that set out to get him. In Rush’s case, I believe the State Attorney was just an opportunist.


woodcdi on April 30, 2006 at 9:00 PM

Drudge pointed out that the DA had publicly charged that Rush had committed at least 10 felonies. And after all this, he ends up with a “settlement.” If ever the law was an ass, if ever a law enforcement official was an ass, it is Martz.

Khyber Pass on May 1, 2006 at 1:29 AM

Am I losing my mind here? I just read that one of those Baldwin boys (as in Alec Baldwin)was busted for cocain and related drug paraphernalia. I am looking forward to WHAT his “trial” will uncover and WHEN he is found guilty, what will his sentence be? Oh, what’s that you say, he was released and not charged?’ Forgive me for being so stupid, he hails from a family of liberal, air headed, moronic, hollywood lefties. NEVERMIND. I need to get with the program. s/off

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