Scrushy's Lawyers Ask Appeals Court for New Trial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Attorneys for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals their client should get a new trial on government corruption charges.

Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were found guilty in a 2006 trial in federal court in Montgomery.

Scrushy's attorney Art Leach told his client is entitled to a new trial.

Scrushy has completed his prison sentence and is now living in Houston. He did not attend Tuesday's hearing. Siegelman is serving a prison term in Louisiana.

Prosecutors alleged that Scrushy bought a seat on a state hospital regulatory board by arranging $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery.

Scrushy's lawyers say the trial judge erred in denying Scrushy's motions and related discovery requests.


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear arguments as former Health South CEO Richard Scrushy appeals a lower court decision denying his request for a new trial of his 2006 conviction in a government corruption case.

Former Alabama Gov Don Siegelman was also found guilty in that case and is serving a sentence in a federal prison in Louisiana. Scrushy is out of prison and living in Houston after having completed his sentence.

Siegelman and Scrushy were accused of taking part in a scheme in which Scrushy was allegedly appointed to a hospital regulatory board in exchange for arranging for $500,000 in contributions to Siegelman's campaign for a lottery.

The hearing for Scrushy is scheduled for 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Montgomery federal courthouse.

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