Friday, March 30, 2007

Scrushy's Yacht Trip Under Scrutiny

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy's little jaunt on a yacht from Palm Beach to Miami when, according to the government, he was supposed to be in Orlando with his family visiting Disney World, has gotten him in some hot water.  Since his conviction on corruption charges, he has been on bail while awaiting sentencing and the resolution of motions for a new trial.  The U.S. Probation Office has requested that Scrushy be remanded to home confinement for violating the restrictions imposed for his Florida trip, and the home confinement would entail the following:

The defendant shall participate in the Home Confinement Program to begin at a time and residence designated by the probation officer. During this time, the defendant will remain at his place of residence except for employment and other activities approved in advance by the probation officer. The defendant will maintain a telephone at his residence, without a modem, "call forwarding", "Caller ID", "call waiting", or portable cordless telephones. At the direction of the probation officer, the defendant shall wear an electronic monitoring device and follow electronic monitoring procedures specified by the probation officer. The electronic monitoring may include an active GPS device in order to monitor your compliance. The defendant shall pay the cost of electronic monitoring as directed by the probation officer.

Scrushy's attorney's claim that the conditions of the trip allowed him to travel to south Florida to visit family friends.  A hearing has been set for April 9 to resolve the request for home confinement.  A story on WSFA-TV12 in Montgomery (here) discusses the case and quotes from the Probation Office filing. (ph)

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