Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Wednesday, November 19, 2003 8:05 pm

Raw deal for Rush?

I’m no fan of Rush Limbaugh’s, but I have to wonder whether the latest twist in the tale of his drug addiction isn’t a bit of piling on.

Let me get this straight. Rush withdrew money from his bank in amounts of $9,900 or so, below the level of $10,000 at which a cash transaction must be reported. This is legal, even if what he allegedly did with the money — buying drugs — is not. Moreover, the bank was the one who suggested the arrangement, not Rush, and the bank already has paid a $10 million fine for failing to report this and other suspicious patterns of sub-$10,000 cash transactions. This is Rush’s fault how, exactly?

The story suggests Limbaugh might have aided his supplier in concealing the proceeds of the drug sales from authorities. But it doesn’t offer the first explanation for how, let alone the first shred of proof that he actually did so.

Arguably, the fact that this possibility is under investigation is news, especially in the context of Limbaugh’s addiction. But absent a good bit more than is included in this article, I’m going to be stunned if an indictment materializes.


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