A federal judge ordered fired HealthSouth Corp. Chief Executive Officer Richard Scrushy returned to Alabama from prison to testify in civil lawsuits over the huge fraud that nearly bankrupted the rehabilitation chain he founded. Scrushys attorney said Thursday he will fight the order because Scrushy doesnt want to leave his fenceless federal prison in Beaumont, Texas, for a brief stay in a county lockup near Birmingham.
Its just an objection to travel, said Martin Adams, a Scrushy son-in-law who also represents him in court. He said Scrushy otherwise is happy to tell his side of the story.
The federal magistrate judges order, filed Monday, directed U.S. marshals to return Scrushy to Alabama for a videotaped deposition set to begin June 16 before more than two dozen lawyers. Scrushy didnt testify during either of his two federal criminal trials. One ended with his acquittal in the HealthSouth fraud in 2005, and the other resulted in his conviction with former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman in a bribery conspiracy in 2006. -- by the Associated Press