The federal government rested its case in the criminal fraud trial of former HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy after 12 weeks of testimony. The defense asked U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre in Birmingham, Ala., to dismiss all charges, arguing that the testimony of five former HealthSouth chief financial officers and other government witnesses had not proven a link between Scrushy and some $2.6 billion in accounting fraud at the company. Earlier, government lawyers moved to dismiss one count of mail fraud against Scrushy because certain items were sent outside the prosecution's jurisdiction and one count of money laundering related to rugs bought by Scrushy because the rug company had destroyed documents needed to prove the charge. -- by Joseph Mantone
U.S. rests in case against ex-HealthSouth chief Scrushy
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