Friday, March 10, 2006

Kathy at Birmingham Blues notes that Richard Scrushy, the former CEO of HealthSouth who was acquitted a few months ago of fraud and conspiracy charges (after spending a great deal of time on religious broadcasts that probably helped sway his jury), is now a full-fledged minister, and just received permission from a federal judge to attend a pastors' conference with his family later this month -- in the Bahamas. ("Yeah, they’re really living the simple life now," Kathy says.)

Scrushy is still facing bribery charges. In addition, a preacher who regularly sat in Scrushy's "Amen Corner" during the trial has claimed he was paid to organize black pastors to give Scrushy support; Scrushy has also been charged with paying for favorable news stories.

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