February 25, 2005
A Good Day for Ebbers, Tough for Scrushy
Ebbers- In order to succeed in the prosecution of Bernie Ebbers, the government needs to prove mens rea - that the defendant knew. Two witnesses for the defense, however, state otherwise. (See more here and here).
Scrushy- The government presented some damaging evidence against the defendant with testimony that goes to whether the accused had knowledge of improprieties occurring at HealthSouth. It's tough to get around a statement like, "We can all go to the lake and retire," (See more here). But it is too soon to judge how things are going in this case. Unlike the Ebbers trial, this case is still in the prosecution phase.