Friday, April 28, 2006

Filling In as Guest Host Will Be Tommy Chong 

From the AP, courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.M.:
Rush Limbaugh was arrested Friday on prescription drug charges, law enforcement officials said.
UPDATE: AP is now reporting that Florida will drop charges against Mr. Limbaugh in exchage for a measly $30K:
Rush Limbaugh reached a settlement with prosecutors Friday in a fraud case involving prescription painkillers, though the conservative radio commentator maintains his innocence . . . .

According to Black, Limbaugh also has agreed to make a $30,000 payment to the state 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.
UPDATE II: A brief vocabulary lesson from commenter DK at Talking Points Memo:
In criminal cases we don't call them "settlement agreements." They are plea bargains.

And while the prosecutor's recommendation to the court will carry great weight, the judge is not obligated to ratify the plea agreement.

Oh, and the money being paid is called a fine. Black can call it reimbursement, but that's BS.
Note also that our distinguished colleague Christy Hardin Smith has provided a full urinalysis of the deal at Firedoglake.

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