Judge Reserves Ruling In Limbaugh Hearing
November 9, 2005 at 6:10 AM (PT)
The hearing over prosecutors' latest attempt to convince a judge that they should be allowed to interview RUSH LIMBAUGH's doctors and medical staff ended with FLORIDA Circuit judge DAVID CROW reserving his ruling and telling the lawyers that a written ruling will be issued later.
Prosecutor JAMES MARTZ told the court that he needs to talk to the doctors to prevent the possibility of "wrongly or inappropriately" prosecuting a case, while LIMBAUGH attorney ROY BLACK argued that the law requires the PREMIERE host to waive his doctor-patient privilege rights even for criminal investigators to pierce the privilege.
BLACK also asked CROW to hold the prosecutors in contempt for alleged leaks of information to the news media, a motion that CROW referred to the former judge on the case, Circuit Judge THOMAS H. BARKSDULL III.