Consider this “A Tale of Two Headlines.”
MIAMI (Reuters) – Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh has been cleared of wrongdoing following his detention at a Florida airport last month when agents found a bottle of Viagra in his luggage that was not prescribed in his name, authorities said on Wednesday.
Under Florida law, certain prescription drugs, including Pfizer’s erectile dysfunction remedy Viagra, must bear the name of the person carrying them. Violation is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a $500 fine and 60 days in jail.
But the Palm Beach County State Attorney’s Office said Limbaugh’s psychiatrist had agreed to have his name placed on the Viagra bottle, rather than that of his patient, “in an effort to avoid potentially embarrassing publicity.”
Which is perfectly legal under Florida law. That’s why he was cleared of all wrongdoing. Everywhere except over at CBS where they give us:
Palm Beach Won’t Charge Limbaugh In Viagra Case
Charges Were Referred To Miami-Dade, Where Prescription Was Written
(CBS4 News) WEST PALM BEACH Talk show host Rush Limbaugh will not face criminal charges in Palm Beach County after authorities found he had a bottle of Viagra that was prescribed in his doctor’s name, but now, the issue has been dropped into the lap of the Miami-Dade state attorney.
Dr. Steve Strumwasser’s, Limbaugh’s psychiatrist, told state prosecutors he “agreed to have his name on the label of the Viagra bottle in an effort to avoid potentially embarrassing publicity for the suspect,” according to the state attorney’s office filing. “Thus, the medication contained in the subject pill bottle was legitimately prescribed to the suspect by his physician.”
It is generally not illegal under Florida law for a physician to prescribe medication in a third party’s name if all parties are aware and the doctor documents it correctly, said Mike Edmondson, a spokesman for the Palm Beach County state attorney.
However, since the doctor wrote the prescription in Miami-Dade County, the case has been forwarded to prosecutors there for review. The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office had no immediate comment.
CBS -in an unbylined story- is trying their damnest to hold out hope Limbaugh will be charged in Miami-Dade. – Which ain’t gonna happen.
Forget the fact Limbaugh didn’t break the law -a fact their own story explains- CBS still keeps hoping the National Guard memo story is true and that Limbaugh will be charged for a crime he didn’t commit.
I just wonder when the people at CBS will tire of being the laughing stock of the news business.