Rush Limbaugh makes all kinds of noise every day on his radio show, and he's been in the headlines lately for his crack about "phony soldiers." But there won't be anyone out there talking about his divorce settlement because a Florida District Court ruled that the records can remain sealed.
The Palm Beach Post had been seeking access to the settlement, but was denied. Limbaugh and his ex-wife Marta Miranda split up at the end of 2004.
The court's decision has drawn criticism from public information rights advocates, who say Limbaugh and other public figures get special treatment from the courts in matters of this nature. And while I have no
desire to nose into other people's business, I have to agree with them.
If you read FWW on a regular basis, you know that we regularly write about bizarre stories of divorcing couples from all parts of the country and around the world. In many cases, those stories are instructive or provide some insight into divorce. And court records are the way the media finds out about these stories. People without Limbaugh's means and celebrity don't have ways of preventing the details of their private lives from becoming public. It's not that everyone should have their dirty laundry aired. But the playing field should be level.
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