The criminal trial of HealthSouth Corp. founder and former Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy -- most recently scheduled to start Aug. 23 -- has been delayed a third time, until Sept. 27, or alternatively Jan. 5, 2005. The trial previously had been pushed back from scheduled start dates of Jan. 5 and Feb. 2 of this year because of the volume of materials involved. In the latest delay, the calendar of Scrushy's defense team also appears to have played a role. Earlier this month Scrushy's lead attorney, Abbe Lowell, stated that he was committed to another case in August. Scrushy's defense has said the trial will involve millions of pages of documents, in addition to e-mails, audiotapes and videotapes, and could last for months. Scrushy has been charged with 85 criminal counts in connection with $2.7 billion in accounting fraud at Birmingham, Ala.-based HealthSouth. U.S. District Judge Karen Bowdre in Birmingham said she will set a new start date for the trial by mid-August. -- by Julie Piotrowski
Trial of HealthSouth founder delayed third time
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