Sunday, June 18, 2006

HealthSouth Related Sentencing

Hannibal "Sonny" Crumpler, a former executive at HealthSouth was sentenced to eight (8) years in prison. The government asked for 15 years and the defense asked for significantly less. (see Birmingham News here). In an emotional hearing in which the accused's son and wife begged for leniency, the Birmingham News reports that the prosecutor stated, "such pleas were not relevant to sentencing."

Prosecutors argue using numerical valuations premised on loss. In contrast the defense uses sociological concerns. Should these values be pitted against each other?

In the meantime, former CEO of HealthSouth Richard Scrushy, who was found not guilty in the initial federal criminal trial against him, awaits a jury decision in a different case (see here).


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