HealthSouth-Scrushy

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy told an aide two years ago, "everybody goes down" if problems with the company's financial statements become public. For the second straight day a federal jury in Birmingham listened to a secretly made recording at Scrushy's fraud trial.

The recording was made by former HealthSouth chief financial officer Bill Owens after he began cooperating with the FBI.

Owens, who spent the past seven days testifying, is among 15 former HealthSouth executives who have pleaded guilty in the massive fraud.

Jurors listened to another recording Thursday in which Scrushy instructed Owens to tell federal investigators the company's financial statements were accurate.

Meanwhile, CBS newsman Mike Wallace and a colleague who have been subpoenaed by the defense asked a judge to free them from restrictions barring potential witnesses from following news reports of the trial and from discussing evidence in public.

Wallace, who interviewed Scrushy for a "60 Minutes" segment about the scandal, said the order bars him from doing his job.


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