Some documents in the criminal fraud case against former HealthSouth Corp. chief Richard Scrushy will be unsealed under a federal judge's order. Five organizations -- the Associated Press, the Birmingham News Co., Bloomberg News, the Hearst Corp. and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press -- sought access to the documents in September, citing the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre in Birmingham, Ala., agreed to unseal some documents that she said would not jeopardize Scrushy's right to a fair trial and promised to unseal other documents in a separate order. No time frame was given. Bowdre refused to make public documents relating to Scrushy's finances and assets. The judge said she would release some information about the documents remaining under seal but denied the news organizations' request that she outline them. -- by Joseph Mantone
Some documents in Scrushy case to be unsealed
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