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Sunday, March 07, 2004

Limbaugh cites judge's case in claiming prosecutorial bias

I've never been Rush's biggest fan. I listen a lot, his program's certainly entertaining, and sometimes even educational. But now, with all this crap going on with him and the State Att's trying to put him away, I am now in total support of him. This investigation into his legitimate search for relief is completely politically motivatied. Rush has been signled out for prosecution (persicution). For a little context of the Florida legal system concerning pain medication, i offer this story from the Palm Beach Post.

Conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh has said prosecutors, specifically State Attorney Barry Krischer, a Democrat, have set out on a "fishing expedition" against him.

On Friday, Limbaugh, who is being investigated for illegal "doctor-shopping," offered up new evidence of unfair treatment.

On his syndicated talk show and on his Web site, he referred to the case of a Palm Beach County judge removed from the bench last year after it became public he was addicted to OxyContin.

County Judge Robert Schwartz was forced off the bench in February 2003, after a year of being unable to function partly because of his addiction. Schwartz was never investigated criminally, though -- an unfair double standard, Limbaugh's camp said.

"After admitting an eight-year addiction, Judge Schwartz entered treatment voluntarily and was praised by the community, not investigated and never prosecuted by the Palm Beach State Attorney's Office," Roy Black, Limbaugh's attorney, said in a statement Friday.

"This was sensitive and appropriate for someone facing such a difficult personal challenge. All we're asking is that Rush Limbaugh be treated the same."

Chief Judge Edward Fine said Friday that judicial commission members investigated Schwartz's situation, consulted with doctors, and that no allegation of anything criminal ever came to light, so there was no criminal investigation.

Schwartz was being treated by a West Palm Beach psychiatrist, Dr. George Kubski. Kubski had been charged with manslaughter in the drug toxicity death of a patient for whom he prescribed more than 20,000 pills in less than a year. If anything, Schwartz should be viewed as a victim of a criminal doctor, not a person who should be investigated, said his brother, Bill Schwartz.

"He was the victim of an unscrupulous physician who is now serving time for manslaughter as a result of what he did to another victim of chronic pain," Bill Schwartz said. "There was never any reason at all to open a criminal investigation on him. To do that would be a fool's errand."

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