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Defense Rests Without Scrushy's Testimony

By Alabama Public Radio

Birmingham, AL – Former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy will not defend himself against dozens of criminal counts. His defense team rested Wednesday after hearing from more than 20 witnesses during the past few weeks. There had been speculation whether Scrushy would testify in his own defense. However, the defense team ultimately decided to use other witnesses to counter prosecutor's claims. The government says Scrushy directed a multi-billion dollar financial scheme to overstate HealthSouth earnings and benefited from it. But his defense attorneys have consistently blamed the scandal on Scrushy's subordinates.

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