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Scrushy Pleads Not Guilty to Charges

By Alabama Public Radio

Montgomery, AL – Former HealthSouth C-E-O Richard Scrushy pleaded not guilty to two counts of bribery and one count of mail fraud Friday. He traveled to Montgomery to appear in federal court. He was indicted Wednesday in a federal government corruption investigation along with former Governor Don Siegelman and two other officials from Siegelman's administration. Scrushy says the charges are not true. He says he believes federal prosecutors indicted him after he turned down an offer of immunity to testify against Siegelman. Acting U-S Attorney Louis Franklin says Scrushy and his lawyers are making accusations they know prosecutors will not be able to respond to publicly. But he says he looks forward to responding in court.

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