BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy returned to a Birmingham courtroom today to give a deposition about his finances. Lawyers for Health South shareholders say he has not been forthcoming in where assets are. Those assets will go towards a 2.8 billion dollar judgement against him.
On the stand Thursday, Scrushy said at the height of his career, he had 350-million dollars. When asked to share specifics on where those assets and the paperwork surrounding those assets were, Scrushy often replied, "I don't know." Attorney John Somerville said he was not surprised by Scrushy's answers. "I anticipated this is how it would go," Somerville said.
Scrushy said he didn't trust the validity of some of the documents being used to support questions. He's also been in prison the last 28 months on an unrelated corruption charge and says that has kept him from his records. "It's certainly not surprising when you've got an aggressive lawyer going after all your money, that you can't remember," said Doug Jones, a former U.S. prosecutor who sat in on Monday's hearings. "But it's not surprising considering some documents are 7 or 8 years old or older."
After the hearing, Scrushy's attorneys reiterated that their client's time in prison has limited his knowledge. "Let me put it to you this way," said Scrushy's attorney Art Leach. "Can you remember what happened in your finances two years ago in excruciating detail. I can't remember how much I spent the day before yesterday when I went to Publix."
Testimony resumes Friday.
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