Scrushy and Siegelman Trial Continues

A board official told federal jurors Tuesday the state hospital regulatory agency was not pressured by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy or former governor Don Siegelman when it approved two projects for HealthSouth.

Federal prosecutors claim Scrushy arranged for a half million dollars in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery in order to stay on the board which oversees hospital purchases and expansions.

However the panel's executive director testified Scrushy was off the board in 2003 when it approved the projects.

The government claims Siegelman and his former chief of staff sought cash, gifts and financial contributions in return for state help.