posted on Apr, 29 2006 @ 08:37 AM
Rush Limbaugh, one of Geo W and Jeb Bush’s most strident backers for many years, was given a FREE pass today. (Announced on Saturday for Minimal
press coverage. One more advantage available to the rich.) Limbaugh’s troubles began when his maid of many years left his employ and sold her story
to the National Enquirer. In the story, she claimed Limbaugh was a drug addict. Apparently on that basis, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
and the Federal DEA launched an investigation of the darling of the Right Wing talk shows.
So what’s Rush to do?
Rule 1. Hire only the very best and connected lawyer.
Rule 2. Stall the proceedings
Rule 3. Present yourself as a victim.
Rule 4. Act contrite.
Rule 5. Ignore the seriousness of the charges
Limbaugh hired Roy Black, famous and well connected lawyer. I have seen estimate that Black charged Limbaugh $5 million dollars, paid in advance, plus
expenses. The case is over 2 years old, and it has already been to the Florida Supreme Court on an crucial evidence issue, which Limbaugh lost. The
delay was priceless! The delay has served Limbaugh’s cause well by delaying the trial. Delay is always good for the guilty. Cost? About $2-$3
To Limbaugh, getting out of this unplanned episode has been cheap, a real bargain in the price of justice, American style. . In 1999, Limbaugh signed
a 10 year contract on his radio talk show for $25 million per year. A quarter billion dollars. So, for Limbaugh, as Richard Nixon told John Dean early
into the Watergate thing, money is no problem! Not for the Rich and Famous, R&Fs I call them.
From the start of the story in the National Enquirer, it appeared Limbaugh had violated several of the draconian drug laws that require both
mandatory jail time to serve and extended jail sentence length on the guilty. But wait!
The Florida DA announced a plea bargain deal with Limbaugh that was a sweetheart deal made in heaven! Pure and simple, the DA has been bought and paid
The Florida DA is dropping all charges but one. A charge of Attempted Fraudulent Procurement of a Controlled Substance which is the lowest grade of
felony in Florida. But, in this case, Limbaugh is allowed to enter a plea of NOT guilty. The prosecutor retains control of the case for the next 18
months, during which Limbaugh is to SEEK professional counseling. Not to be satisfactorily counseled, but ONLY to seek counseling. After 18 months,
the single charge will be dismissed. Limbaugh is to pay a measly $30,000.00 towards the cost of investigation. Just how much do you think 10
detectives, 4 prosecutors, working on a case for 2 years has cost the Florida taxpayers? I’d estimate $3 to 4 million dollars! Limbaugh walks
away from this with no criminal record of any kind. WOW! And a lousy $30,000 smack on the wrist.
Q. If you had been caught engaged in similar activities, what do you think would have happened to you? A. This is a national disgrace.
Does anyone recall the inscription over the portico of the United States Supreme Court Building? It is these 4 words:
Equal Justice Under Law.
[edit on 4/29/2006 by donwhite]