"Like the spectacular frauds before it, HealthSouth's tale is full of ethically deprived executives and clueless auditors. ... If earnings statements mean nothing and auditors can't be trusted, why would anyone invest in the stock markets? There is one sure way to send corporate America the message that fraudulent practices won't be rewarded. If Scrushy is convicted, he should be deprived of all of his ill-gotten gains and sent to prison for a lengthy sentence. Until the corporate crooks start paying the price for their behavior, it won't stop."
-St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times