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Backing Limbaugh, ACLU goes to court
AP/ The Boston Globe ^ | 1-13-05 | Jill Barton

Posted on 01/21/2005 8:24:58 AM PST by RushCrush

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Rush Limbaugh and the American Civil Liberties Union do not agree about much, but they are in accord that the conservative radio commentator's medical records should be off-limits to prosecutors.

The Florida ACLU filed court papers yesterday supporting Limbaugh's argument that investigators violated his constitutional right to privacy when they seized his medical records in November to investigate whether he violated drug laws when he purchased prescription painkillers.

"It may seem odd that the ACLU has come to the defense of Rush Limbaugh," the state chapter's executive director, Howard Simon, said in a statement. "But we have always said that the ACLU's real client is the Bill of Rights, and we will continue to safeguard the values of equality, fairness, and privacy for everyone, regardless of race, economic status, or political point of view."

State Attorney

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: aclu; holdonnow; landmarklegal; lyingaclu; marklevin; oxycontin; privacy; rushbashers; rushlimbaugh; wodlist
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1 posted on 01/21/2005 8:24:59 AM PST by RushCrush
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To: RushCrush

Cruel irony!


2 posted on 01/21/2005 8:26:21 AM PST by The Teen Conservative (Taglines really get me worked up to write something in them for nothin', y'know?)
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To: b4its2late; Recovering_Democrat; Alissa; Pan_Yans Wife; LADY J; mathluv; browardchad; cardinal4; ...

3 posted on 01/21/2005 8:26:27 AM PST by Born Conservative (Those who hate you don't win unless you hate them. And then you destroy yourself." - Richard Nixon)
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To: RushCrush

They're only evil 99% of the time.


4 posted on 01/21/2005 8:27:26 AM PST by explodingspleen (http://mish-mash.info/)
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To: RushCrush

This is just the ACLU trying to clean up its leftist image. It's just for show.


5 posted on 01/21/2005 8:30:03 AM PST by Spok
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To: explodingspleen

They are just supporting him cause they probably are all heavily dependant on pain killers.


6 posted on 01/21/2005 8:30:04 AM PST by Brian328i
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To: RushCrush
Howard Simon, said in a statement. "But we have always said that the ACLU's real client is the Bill of Rights, and we will continue to safeguard the values of equality, fairness, and privacy for everyone, regardless of race, economic status, or political point of view."

Not really. This is an ACLU promotional move. It gives anti-Constitutionalists ACLU cover to further their extreme socialist agenda.

7 posted on 01/21/2005 8:30:19 AM PST by demlosers
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To: RS

In bed with the enemy Bump


8 posted on 01/21/2005 8:31:06 AM PST by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: RepCath; Liz; IronJack; Grampa Dave; MeekOneGOP; Iris7; wkdaysoff; ApesForEvolution; EdReform; ...

Ping!


9 posted on 01/21/2005 8:33:08 AM PST by Jay777 (Never met a wise man, if so it's a woman. Kurt Cobain)
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To: RushCrush
Site Meter
Sometimes lawsuits makes interesting bedfellows...
10 posted on 01/21/2005 8:33:28 AM PST by KMC1
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To: Spok
Just for show? Then was it just for show when they supported the right of the KKK to march thru the heavily Jewish suburban town in Illinois? Skokie, I belive it was......
11 posted on 01/21/2005 8:34:06 AM PST by Red Badger (And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you FReep!........)
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To: Jay777
This is just the ACLU trying to clean up its leftist image. It's just for show.

This could (I don't know, and no one can really be sure) also relate to their overwhelming urge to protect abortion. If a prosecutor could get Rush's records, could that be a precedent for parents getting their children's records from a clinic?

12 posted on 01/21/2005 8:34:48 AM PST by Seņor Zorro
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To: All
Why couldn't Rush choose one of these organizations? (perhaps we should file Christian cases to the ACLU?)
You can join the fight against the ACLU and their ilk by becoming involved with and supporting the following organizations:

Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) - http://www.alliancedefensefund.org

Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) - http://www.thomasmore.org

American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) - http://www.aclj.org

The Rutherford Institute - http://www.rutherford.org/

Stop the ACLU Coalition (GREATLY ORGANIZED ACTIVIST SITE..PLEASE JOIN) - http://www.stoptheaclu.org


Here are a few examples of how two of those organizations are fighting back:

ADF Contacts Over 3,600 School Districts Over Attempts To Censor Christmas

ADF: 700 lawyers ready to fight ACLU lawsuits

ADF: Pentagons' Warning About Boyscouts Is Absurd

Thomas More Law Center: Town of Palm Beach Pays $50,000 In Attorney Fees Apologizes To Women In Nativity Lawsuit


Additional information:

The ACLU must be destroyed: Joseph Farah supports Boy Scouts, urges Americans to fight back

Citizens mobilized to stop ACLU (seeks to consign group to 'ash heap of history')

ACLU fulfilling communist agenda

Revealing FACTS on the ACLU from its own writings

See how YOUR Senator or Representative ranks with the ACLU

This yahoo group just started on December 3, 2004 and is looking for new members

Anti-ACLU Page

The Center For Reclaiming America (petitions to congress)

The Becket Fund

Christian Legal Society

Pacific Justice Institute

Landmark Legal Foundation

American Family Assn. Center for Law and Policy

The Liberty Council


Let me know if you would like to join my ACLU ping list


13 posted on 01/21/2005 8:34:48 AM PST by Jay777 (Never met a wise man, if so it's a woman. Kurt Cobain)
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To: RushCrush

Hmmm... an interesting way for the ACLU to 'Hush Rush'


14 posted on 01/21/2005 8:35:26 AM PST by Safrguns
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To: RushCrush

Reminds me of an Onion headline from a few years ago: "ACLU Defends Man's Right to Firebomb ACLU Offices"


15 posted on 01/21/2005 8:36:14 AM PST by Mr.Pinette
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To: explodingspleen
They're only evil 99% of the time.

Let's say 99.8% and then we agree... LOL.

The ACLU should still be out of business.

16 posted on 01/21/2005 8:37:11 AM PST by b4its2late (If you must choose between two evils, pick the one you've never tried before.)
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To: Spok

Yeah, the KKK "proof of pure intent" was starting to get a little old. They needed something newer to prop up their crochety old credibility.


17 posted on 01/21/2005 8:38:35 AM PST by formercalifornian (Daschle b-gone!)
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To: RushCrush

I say it's good news. It's becoming more and more obvious that Rush's case was political and not criminal.


18 posted on 01/21/2005 8:38:54 AM PST by expat_panama
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To: expat_panama

Why would Rush need help from the ACLU?


19 posted on 01/21/2005 8:40:15 AM PST by mlc9852
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To: RushCrush
the ACLU's real client is the Bill of Rights

If the ACLU does well by him, I doubt Rush will have anything negative to say about much that the ACLU says or does for a long time to come. Not only that, he might even try to temper whatever others have to say.

So, maybe the ACLU saw this as an excellent opportunity to stifle a lot of the criticism Rush and a few million dittoheads might have otherwise levied in the near future.

20 posted on 01/21/2005 8:40:52 AM PST by newgeezer (Just my opinion, of course. Your mileage may vary.)
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