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Former HealthSouth CEO Scrushy loses appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A federal appeals court has rejected an attempt by a former CEO of HealthSouth to get a new trial on bribery and fraud charges.

The 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday let stand 60-year-old Richard Scrushy’s 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery campaign. In return, Siegelman appointed Scrushy to a state hospital regulatory board.

Scrushy argued that he should get a new trial because of judicial and juror bias.

Defense attorney Jim Jenkins says they were disappointed and would appeal.

Scrushy served more than five years in prison and got out last year. He is now living in the Houston area. Siegelman was convicted with Scrushy, and he remains in federal prison.

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