The defense rested in the criminal trial of Richard Scrushy without the former HealthSouth Corp. chief testifying in his own defense. Scrushy's lawyers had considered putting him on the stand but were comfortable with their case without his testimony, Scrushy spokesman Charlie Russell said. The defense took three weeks to present its case, arguing that other executives orchestrated some $2.6 billion in fraud at HealthSouth without Scrushy's knowledge and placing much of the blame on former Chief Financial Officer Bill Owens. The prosecution rested after 13 weeks of testimony in the trial, which began in January. Scrushy, the first CEO to be charged under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, faces 50 counts alleging he played a major role in the fraud. -- by Joseph Mantone
Scrushy's defense rests without calling him to testify
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