Jurors in the corporate fraud trial of fired HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy plan to take a long weekend for Memorial Day.
After six days of unfruitful deliberations, court officials say the jury will deliberate only four hours Friday, including lunch.
Scrushy's trial began in January, and the judge told jurors yesterday she hoped a long weekend would refresh them. But she also suggested that the jury consider working longer hours after the holiday.
The jury has indicated that it is deadlocked on a key conspiracy charge against Scrushy. The judge has given the panel the OK to skip that count and move on to the other 35 charges against the former executive.
Scrushy is accused of directing a scheme to inflate HealthSouth earnings. The defense blames the fraud on former aides.