The Rittenhouse Review

A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, January 23, 2004  

Rush Limbaugh and William Janklow

Rush Limbaugh is facing the music, and, as one would expect, it’s not pretty. But it could be, and probably should be, even uglier.

Get this, Limbaugh’s attorney have proposed a plea agreement that would have the radio nut enter a court-sponsored drug intervention program rather than face charges in court or plead guilty to any charges whatsoever.

Prosecutors in Palm Beach County, Fla., are offering Limbaugh a deal to plead guilty to the third-degree felony of “doctor shopping,” three years of probation, participation in a drug treatment program, and random drug testing.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t Limbaugh already put himself through rehab?

Does he need it again already?

What the hell is going on down there?

Meanwhile, William J. Janklow, former Republican congressman from South Dakota, inveterate speeder, and now, convicted criminal, was sentenced to 100 days in jail for a second-degree manslaughter conviction stemming from running a stop sign and killing Randy Scott, a 55-year-old motorcyclist at the intersection.

According to the Associated Press, Janklow is expected to serve 30 days, after which he will be on probation for three years. “South Dakota does not require minimum sentences,” the A.P. reports, “so [Judge] Rodney Steele was free to impose anything from no jail time and no fines to more than 11 years behind bars and $11,400 in fines.” The victim’s daughter “said she was satisfied with the sentence.”

The sentence seems a little light, but sentences often do, particularly those related to drunk driving, rape, sexual assault, and, come to think of it, most manslaughter convictions. But what do I know?

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