Palm Beach Post - Conservative Legal Group Pressing Bar On Krischer

WEST PALM BEACH -- A conservative legal foundation has renewed its press on the Florida Bar to investigate State Attorney Barry Krischer for alleged misconduct in the Rush Limbaugh prescription drug investigation.

Florida Bar officials previously told the Landmark Legal Foundation they could not investigate an elected official. But Wednesday the foundation sent a letter back to the Bar saying the case law on which the Bar is relying does not apply.

"Investigating this matter now protects the public, while neglecting to investigate would be a serious breach of the Bar's responsibilities," wrote Landmark's president, attorney Mark Levin, in the letter.

Landmark asked the Bar to investigate Krischer and Assistant State Attorney Ken Selvig following the controversial release by the office last month of letters detailing office discussions with Limbaugh's attorney over ending the doctor-shopping investigation with a plea deal.

The conservative talk-show host has not been charged with any crime and says prosecutors are conducting a witch hunt.

Selvig has been notified that a Bar investigation into the matter is under way.

Mike Edmondson, spokesman for the state attorney's office, called the foundation a "fanatical fringe group."

"The Bar is used to responding to these types... and they will do so appropriately," Edmondson said.

Landmark is a conservative legal group based in Virginia and Kansas. Attorneys for the foundation have set in motion investigations of Hillary Rodham Clinton and tried to block a probe of independent counsel Kenneth Starr's evaluation of President Clinton.

The investigation into Limbaugh is on hold until the 4th District Court of Appeal decides whether to unseal medical records of Limbaugh that were seized by prosecutors.

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