Scrushy Asks to Take Vacation in Bahamas

Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who was found guilty of giving former Governor Don Siegelman $500,000 for a seat on the Certificate of Need Review Board in the government corruption case recently concluded in Montgomery, has asked the federal court to allow him to leave the country for a vacation in the Bahamas.

Scrushy, who is presently out on a $1 million bond, as he awaits sentencing made the request through attorney Fred Gray yesterday.

In the request, Scrushy's counsel says Mr. Scrushy will vacation with his family.  Mr. Gray's motion indicates that Scrushy has contacted his probation officer in Birmingham and that probation officer Barry Burton has indicated Scrushy is not a flight risk.

Scrushy was required to give up his passport to U.S. probation as a condition of his release and Mr. Gray asks in the motion that the passport be temporarily returned.

"Given the defendant's character, family and community ties, length of residence in the community, lack of any criminal history, the fact that he is not a threat to the safety of any person and his record concerning his appearances at court proceedings, this motion is due to be granted."

The vacation, if approved, would take place from July 19th to July 30th.

Acting U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin says the government will file a response to the motion Thursday morning.

Reported by Helen Hammons