Federal judge unseals documents in Scrushy case

US District Judge Karon O. Bowdre has agreed to unseal documents in the criminal case of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy. The Associated Press and four other news organizations sought descriptions of three dozen sealed documents in addition to preventing future documents from being sealed from public view without explanation. Bowdre, however, ruled that information regarding Scrushy's personal assets should remain private and also rejected the media's request that would have required both prosecutors and the defense to file motions describing the substance of documents they want kept from public view. Bowdre said she weighed Scrushy's right to a fair trial against the public's right to know about everything going on in the case. Read the indictment against Richard Scrushy here [PDF]. AP has more.

 

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