HealthSouth-Scrushy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Jurors in Richard Scrushy's trial heard recordings yesterday of slamming car doors and rustling clothes, noises that prosecutors say prove the authenticity of secret recordings linking Scrushy to a huge accounting fraud at HealthSouth Corporation.

Defense attorneys have suggested someone may have tampered with the recordings. The tapes were made for the FBI by former HealthSouth finance chief Bill Owens as he talked with Scrushy in March 2003.

Jurors probably haven't heard the last of the recordings. The defense is expected to call an expert to testify that someone could have tampered with the recordings.

On the recordings, Scrushy and Owens are heard discussing HealthSouth finances.

Testimony resumes at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Birmingham federal courthouse.


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