Friday, January 12, 2007

Judge Orders Further Briefing on Scrushy-Siegelman Motion

The seemingly never-ending battle over the bribery convictions of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy and former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman may get another airing in U.S. District Court.  After the district court denied their motion for a new trial based on juror misconduct that included unverified e-mails purportedly between two jurors, the defendants received anonymously two more e-mails that they claim show that the jurors acted improperly (see earlier post here).  Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller has ordered the government to respond to the defense motion seeking reconsideration of the denial of the new trial motion, directing that the brief be filed by January 19.  The defendants still have not been sentenced, and their motion challenging the racial composition of the jury pool remains outstanding along with the reconsideration request.  A WSFA TV-12 report (here) discusses the latest developments in the case. (ph)

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