Fired HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy wants a court to ease restrictions of his $10 million bond as he awaits trial on fraud charges. He says Martha Stewart and other former executives accused of crimes have gotten better treatment. Stewart is free on bond while awaiting trial on charges related to her sale of ImClone Systems stock.
The 51-year-old Scrushy was named in an 85-count indictment that accused him of conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, securities fraud and money laundering. He pleaded innocent to the charges.
Scrushy wants to be allowed to travel statewide without notifying probation officials. In a court document made public yesterday, he also wants to take monthly trips to his property in Florida, with restrictions.
And, he wants to be able to fly to New York, Washington and Atlanta to meet with his attorneys, and to have permission to go to New York for medical care for his children -- all with certain conditions.
At present, he's prohibited by the court from making many of those kind of trips without approval, and he also is required to wear an electronic monitoring device. He's also surrendered his passport and pilot's license.
Prosecutors did not immediately return messages seeking comment on Scrushy's request, but they previously have objected to lifting many of the restrictions.