Friday, January 23, 2004
Rush Limbaugh Plea Negotiations Made Public
The on-line Chicago Tribune includes this story (registration required) from the South Florida Sun-Sentinel about the prosecutors in the Rush Limbaugh drug and doctor-shopping case holding out for a guilty plea to a felony count. Limbaugh's lawyer, Roy Black, apparently was suggesting a plea bargain in which criminal charges would be put aside in exchange for further drug rehabilitation for Rush. Prosecutors would not go along, though they appear to be willing to pursue probation and not jail time in exchange for a guilty plea to a felony count of doctor shopping.
According to the linked article, Black's December letter to the Palm Beach County State Attorney proposing the rehab deal included this line: "The public is better served by treating addicts as patients rather than criminals." Hear hear. And it is better served by treating non-addicted users as law-abiding citizens than as either patients or criminals.