Scrushy's lawyers ask appeals court for new trial


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorneys for former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy told a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Court of Appeals their client should get a new trial on government corruption charges.

Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were found guilty in a 2006 trial in federal court in Montgomery.

Scrushy's attorney Art Leach told ( his client is entitled to a new trial.

Scrushy has completed his prison sentence and is now living in Houston. He did not attend Tuesday's hearing. Siegelman is serving a prison term in Louisiana.

Prosecutors alleged that Scrushy bought a seat on a state hospital regulatory board by arranging $500,000 in donations to Siegelman's campaign for a statewide lottery.

Scrushy's lawyers say the trial judge erred in denying Scrushy's motions and related discovery requests.

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