Whatever You Do, Please Don't Call It an "Arrest"

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Whatever You Do, Please Don't Call It an "Arrest"

It took a few days for the details to filter out, but CNN and other media reported Monday on the deal that conservative blowhard Rush Limbaugh cut with Florida officials. The deal to dismiss a prescription fraud charge requires Limbaugh to submit to (and pass) random drug tests for the next 18 months. More details from CNN:
The conservative commentator also must continue treatment for his addiction and cannot own a gun, according to details of the deal made public Monday.
The NRA was having a hissy fit and could not be reached for comment.
The deal concludes a lengthy investigation into allegations that Limbaugh "doctor shopped" to obtain prescription painkillers. He admitted his addiction to painkillers in October 2003.
But here's my favorite part:
(Limbaugh attorney Roy) Black urged reporters not to call it an arrest since Limbaugh surrendered and was never handcuffed, but a sheriff's spokesman said technically he was under arrest during his booking.
Sorry, Mr. Black, but the American Heritage Dictionary says you're full of it. One definition of arrest is the "act of detaining in legal custody." That certainly describes what happened to Limbaugh. He sure as hell didn't show up at the Palm Beach County sheriff's office to deliver basket of fruit.

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