Judge clears way for auction of Scrushy's vehicles

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A judge in Birmingham has cleared the way for an auction of 19 vehicles owned by former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy to help pay a $2.9 billion court judgment.

The judge on Wednesday refused to block the car sale, which is set for Thursday.

Scrushy's lawyers filed papers saying the sale wasn't properly advertised because a notice wasn't posted on the courthouse door. But they acknowledged the auction was advertised on a courthouse bulletin board, and the judge refused to halt the sale.

Vehicles including a Bentley and a Rolls-Royce will be up for sale. Proceeds will help pay the $2.9 billion civil judgment returned against Scrushy in the accounting fraud that occurred while he led HealthSouth.

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