Scrushy asks for prison release on appeal bond

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy is seeking release from federal prison on appeal bond in light of a U.S. Supreme Court decision last month that ordered a review of his government corruption convictions and those of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.

Scrushy asked a federal appeals court to reconsider its January 2008 order denying him appeal bond. Scrushy's attorneys say in the new motion that he is now broke because of $2.8 billion judgment against him in a lawsuit by HealthSouth shareholders and no longer has the means or motivation to flee. Prosecutors had said he was a flight risk.

The motion filed this week also says Scrushy has served more than three years of his almost 7-year sentence and may be moved to a halfway house in less than a year.

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