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Limbaugh records sealed for now

Lawyers now have time to appeal earlier decision
/ Source: The Associated Press

A judge resealed Rush Limbaugh’s medical records Wednesday, giving the conservative radio commentator’s attorneys time to appeal his earlier decision allowing prosecutors to examine the files for evidence Limbaugh illegally purchased painkillers.

Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff ordered the records remain sealed for 15 days while Limbaugh’s attorneys pursue their appeal. Winikoff had ruled Tuesday that prosecutors could examine the records, but could not make them public.

The Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office declined to comment Wednesday on the ruling and would not say if prosecutors had begun looking at the records.

Limbaugh told listeners to his afternoon radio show that “the state attorney already has had his investigators pouring through” the files. “I’m not surprised. My case is being treated differently than anyone else’s is in this matter,” he said.

Investigators obtained the records last month after discovering that Limbaugh received more than 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. Limbaugh’s former maid told investigators she had been supplying him prescription painkillers for years.

Limbaugh’s attorneys had argued that the seizure of the records from doctors in Florida and California violated their client’s privacy and that the investigation was politically motivated.

Attorney Roy Black has said the records would only prove Limbaugh suffered from a serious medical condition and was prescribed painkillers.

Limbaugh recently admitted his addiction, saying it stemmed from severe back pain. He took a five-week leave from his afternoon radio show to enter a rehabilitation program.