Is Rush being railroaded?

Don’t weep for Rush; in Florida, real pain patients who forge scripts do hard time.

Just in case you had, even for a moment, considered paying attention to Rush Limbaugh’s whining about how partisan Democratic prosecutors are mistreating him by not letting him walk on charges of illegally buying prescription drugs, here’s what happens to someone who’s (1) a genuine pain patient rather than someone feeding a habit and (2) not a politically powerful multimillionaire: a 25 year mandatory prison term.

Query: Can anyone tell me why the D.A. is bothering with doctor-shopping charges when he has Limbaugh on videotape buying diverted controlled drugs by the sackful?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

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