The jury in the criminal trial of Richard Scrushy began its fifth day of deliberations after a meeting between the jury, lawyers in the case and presiding U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre in Birmingham, Ala. Bowdre called the meeting after the jury asked for clarification on a charge of conspiracy to commit fraud, saying it had been unable to reach a unanimous verdict and her instructions seemed contradictory. Scrushy, founder and former chief executive officer of HealthSouth Corp., faces 36 counts alleging he playing a major role in some $2.6 billion in accounting fraud at HealthSouth and is the first CEO to be charged under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. The jury will consider additional charges related to money laundering only if it finds Scrushy guilty on any of the other counts. -- by Joseph Mantone
Scrushy jury, stalemated so far, resumes deliberations
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