As featured on p. 218 of "Bloggers on the Bus," under the name "a MyDD blogger."

Friday, April 28, 2006

Excellence in Barbiturates

And here's the Friday afternoon news dump award, take two:

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.

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.

Not quite the sunny disposition of a Tom DeLay mugshot, but an affable convict, nonetheless.

This is actually the culmination of a deal for Rush, as the charges will be held in abeyance and dropped within 18 months "if he follows the law." He does have to enter a guilty or no contest plea, eventually. But he got away with this, make no mistake.

I guess it's mean to call attention to a guy's drug problem. Well, I say when that guy says all drug users should be "sent up the river," then he cops a plea to avoid jail time for the same crime, all bets are off.