Closing arguments in the criminal trial of former HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy, set to take place today, were delayed until 9 a.m. Wednesday after both sides requested more time to prepare, a government spokesman confirmed. The jury will reconvene Tuesday and is slated to begin deliberations Thursday. Scrushy, the first CEO tried under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, faces 48 counts for allegedly playing a major role in some $2.6 billion in accounting fraud at HealthSouth, Birmingham, Ala. He has pleaded not guilty. On Friday, U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre in Birmingham quizzed attorneys for the government and Scrushy over the source of information in the Wall Street Journal on why a juror was dismissed. Both sides have been under a gag order since last year. -- by Joseph Mantone
Closing arguments delayed in Scrushy trial
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