Richard Scrushy, fired chief executive officer at HealthSouth Corp., Birmingham, Ala., pleaded not guilty to bribery for allegedly paying former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman $500,000 to obtain a seat on the state certificate-of-need board for a HealthSouth representative. Not guilty pleas also were entered in U.S. District Court Montgomery, Ala., by Siegelman; Paul Hamrick, his chief of staff and former lieutenant governor; and Gary Roberts, former director of Alabama's Transportation Department. All four had pleaded not guilty in October after a sealed indictment was filed, but superseding indictments contained new charges. Meanwhile, attorneys for Scrushy requested that he be tried separately from the other defendants, arguing that he was named in only seven of 34 counts and that a jury would have trouble separating evidence related to the other charges from evidence related to the charges against Scrushy. -- by Joseph Mantone
Scrushy pleads not guilty in Ala. bribery case
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