Thursday, June 29, 2006

Scrushy-Siegelman Jury Keeps At It

The jury in the corruption prosecution of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, and two former aides to the Governor continued deliberating for a tenth day to reach a verdict on the charges.  On June 27, the foreman sent a note that some jurors were "lackadaisical" and not working to break a deadlock, but notes the next day indicated that the jurors were going to try to move forward.  The judge rejected a government request that the court interview the jurors and remove those who were not working to reach a verdict, a dangerous proposition if the jury were to return a guilty verdict after the threat of removal or actual substitution of alternates.  Whether the jury will be able to render a verdict as to any of the defendants remains an open issue.  An AP story (here) discusses the jury deliberations. (ph)

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