The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta upheld the conviction of Richard Scrushy, the former chief executive officer of rehabilitation-services provider HealthSouth Corp., on bribery, mail fraud and conspiracy charges. He was convicted based on allegations that Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman engaged in a corrupt agreement in which Scrushy gave Siegelman $500,000 in exchange for the former governor appointing Scrushy to Alabamas certificate-of-need review board. Before their trial, both men filed motions alleging that the Middle District of Alabama committed substantial violations in its juror selection that resulted in juries that were underrepresented by African-Americans, according to the courts 68-page opinion. The court denied those challenges, and the defendants subsequently appealed that denial. Defendants claims regarding the Middle District of Alabamas jury selection procedures are without merit, a panel of three judges wrote in the appellate courts opinion on March 6, and do not entitle them to any relief.
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