Judge calls for trial over Scrushy property

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County judge says a trial is needed to determine whether Richard Scrushy's wife has a valid ownership stake in some belongings seized at their two $5 million homes.

The Birmingham News reports that Judge Allwin Horn said he was considering a November date for the proceeding. Leslie Scrushy has filed documents claiming she owns many of the items seized at the homes in Jefferson and Tallapoosa counties. One item she says owns is a Mastercraft boat seized at the couple's Lake Martin home. The Tallapoosa County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday set an auction date of Nov. 9 for the lakefront and home and belongings seized there.

The properties are being sold to satisfy a $2.8 billion judgment Horn imposed against Scrushy in June after a civil trial.

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