WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A judge resealed Rush Limbaugh's (search) medical records Wednesday, giving the conservative radio commentator's attorneys time to appeal his earlier decision allowing prosecutors to examine the files for evidence Limbaugh illegally purchased painkillers.
Palm Beach Circuit Judge Jeffrey A. Winikoff (search) ordered the records remain sealed for 15 days while Limbaugh's attorneys pursue their appeal. Winikoff had ruled Tuesday that prosecutors could examine the records, but could not make them public.
A spokesman for the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday, and it could not be determined if prosecutors had begun looking at the records.
Investigators obtained the records last month after discovering that Limbaugh received more than 2,000 painkillers, prescribed by four doctors, at a pharmacy near his Palm Beach mansion. Limbaugh's former maid told investigators she had been supplying him prescription painkillers for years.
Limbaugh's attorneys argue that the seizure of the records from doctors in Florida and California violated their client's privacy. Attorney Roy Black (search) has said the records would only prove Limbaugh suffered from a serious medical condition and was prescribed painkillers legitimately.
Limbaugh recently admitted his addiction, saying it stemmed from severe back pain. He took a five-week leave from his afternoon radio show to enter a rehabilitation program.