COPY-Former HealthSouth C-E-O- goes on trial in accounting fraud case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. Nearly two years after his firing as HealthSouth's C-E-O-, Richard Scrushy is going before a jury to answer federal charges. He is named in a 58-count indictment accusing him of fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, perjury and other crimes.

A jury of 12 members and six alternates was chosen yesterday (Monday). They will hear the prosecution's argument that Scrushy conspired to overstate HealthSouth earnings by more than two-point-six (B) billion dollars.Defense lawyer Jim Parkman says he will tell jurors in today's (Tuesday) opening statements that Scrushy was not part of any conspiracy.Prosecutors are seeking 278 (M) million dollars in personal assets. They are also seeking a prison sentence that could amount to life if the 52-year-old Scrushy is convicted.

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