Scrushy Documents

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Some of the behind-the-scenes exchanges over what the public should see and hear in the criminal case against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy have been divulged with the unsealing of two dozen files.

U.S. District Judge Karon O. Bowdre has ordered the public release of the documents after ruling last week that some of the Scrushy files can be made public, while others should remain sealed "in the interest of justice and a fair trial."

Scrushy is to be tried next year on charges of masterminding a scheme to overstate HealthSouth earnings by at least $2.7 billion.

Among the unsealed documents were five filed in March and April in which the government sought to restrain Scrushy's attorneys from making public statements about the case.