Limbaugh Wants to Keep Lid on Records

12/16/2003 10:59AM

Rush Limbaugh asked a court in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Monday to hear his claim that investigators violated his privacy by seizing his medical records and asked that the records not be released.

According to the court petition, the conservative radio host -- who recently returned to the airwaves after five weeks in a rehab treatment center for his self-admitted addiction to painkillers -- can no longer be treated for his medical conditions because the state seized his charts and files, the Associated Press reports. Limbaugh also claims the state intimidated his doctors.

Prosecutors are investigating whether Limbaugh, 52, obtained and used prescription painkillers illegally by "doctor shopping." Typically, such records are not released until a criminal investigation ends and charges are filed, says AP.

Responding to Limbaugh's charges, Palm Beach State Attorney spokesman Mike Edmondson said Monday that the commentator's rights have been scrupulously protected during the investigation.

Limbaugh's petition, which asks for a court hearing within three days, states: "No citizen would want these highly personal details to be held by minions of the state to finger through at their leisure. Nor would any sane person wish his medical diagnosis and medical prescriptions to be widely published on television shows, tabloid newspapers, Web sites and the like."

Limbaugh's attorney, Roy Black, claims the State Attorney's Office has political motives in investigating Limbaugh. Black did not respond to AP's call for comment Monday.

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