A judge Monday delayed the corporate fraud trial of fired HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy by one week, granting his attorneys additional time to sort through potential evidence recently turned over by prosecutors.
In her brief order, Federal Judge Karon O. Bowdre said she, "reluctantly" agreed to the request "for good cause shown and in the interest of justice."
Bowdre rescheduled opening statements for Jan. 25. The order came as Bowdre and attorneys in the case met to begin eliminating potential jurors.
Scrushy has pleaded not guilty to charges he was behind a conspiracy to overstate HealthSouth earnings by more than $2.6 billion from 1996 through 2002. He's accused of fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury, money laundering and false corporate reporting.
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