The Alabama Supreme Court, Birmingham, declined Richard Scrushy's request that the court rehear his appeal of a $2.9 billion civil court judgment against the imprisoned founder and former CEO of Birmingham-based HealthSouth Corp.
Scrushy's appeal request denied by Alabama high court
In January, the state high court upheld a June 2009 ruling by a state judge in Birmingham that ordered Scrushy pay $2.9 billion in a shareholder lawsuit blaming him for massive accounting fraud at the rehabilitation company. Scrushy is serving a prison term of nearly seven years in an unrelated bribery case. The U.S. Supreme Court in June 2010 ordered a new review of Scrushy's conviction in the bribery case after issuing an opinion that narrowed the scope of the federal statute that prosecutors relied on in the case. Oral arguments on the matter were heard in January by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, according to news reports.
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