Tape-recorded conversations of Richard Scrushy don't break Alabama Rules of Professional Responsibility, and the FBI didn't violate Scrushy's Fourth Amendment right to privacy when it searched his office at HealthSouth Corp. headquarters in Birmingham, Ala., a federal judge there ruled. U.S. District Court Judge Karon Bowdre said prosecutors still must prove the tapes -- made by a former HealthSouth official under government direction -- are admissible at Scrushy's trial, scheduled to begin Tuesday. The defense contended HealthSouth lawyers did not have authority to authorize an FBI search of Scrushy's office and therefore the search violated his privacy. Bowdre rejected the argument. Scrushy, founder and former chief executive officer at HealthSouth, faces 58 criminal counts alleging that he directed massive accounting fraud at the company. Bowdre has yet to rule on HealthSouth's request for more time to hand over records sought by the defense. -- by Joseph Mantone
Judge in Scrushy case rules on tapes, FBI search
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