Limbaugh Prosecutors Can Quiz Doctors... But With Restrictions
December 13, 2005 at 5:55 AM (PT)
PALM BEACH COUNTY Circuit Judge DAVID CROW has ruled that prosecutors can subpoena RUSH LIMBAUGH's doctors, but only under certain restrictions regarding what they can be asked. The ruling excludes "discussion of the medical condition of the patient and any information disclosed to the healthcare practitioner by the patient in the course of the care and treatment of the patient" from the questioning, which could prevent the prosecutors from asking about the prescriptions.
The PREMIERE host's attorneys had sought to block any questioning of the doctors due to privacy grounds, while prosecutors pushed to be allowed to quiz the doctors in their attempts to prove LIMBAUGH was illegally "doctor shopping" for prescriptions.
LIMBAUGH's attorney ROY BLACK, supporting the ruling, said that "we've said from the start that there was no doctor shopping, but Mr. LIMBAUGH should not have to give up his right to doctor-patient confidentiality to prove his innocence. The medical records that the State has seized and reviewed now for nearly six months show that Mr. LIMBAUGH received legitimate medical treatment for legitimate medical reasons."