Former HealthSouth (HLS) CEO Richard Scrushy told FOX Business Wednesday he was “pleased” to have two of his bribery convictions thrown out this week by a federal appeals court and he expects to have the other corruption charges reversed by the Supreme Court.
Scrushy, 58, won a court victory on Tuesday when the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled there wasn’t enough evidence to indict him and Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman of two bribery counts. However, the court upheld the rest of the 2006 corruption convictions against the pair.
“Although we expected all charges to be reversed, we were pleased by the two counts being set aside,” Scrushy said in an emailed statement. “We are looking forward to re-sentencing and going back to the Supreme Court to have the rest of the charges reversed.”
The appellate court kept in place the rest of the 2006 jury decision that found Scrushy and Siegelman guilty of two bribery counts that involved a hospital license and equipment.
The court said the jury verdict “commands the respect of this court, and that verdict must be sustained if there is substantial evidence to support it."
Scrushy maintains his innocence and noted the long appeals process that has kept him incarcerated.
“Next month will be four years that I have served time for something I didn't do,” Scrushy said. “I am innocent of all of the charges against me and my family and I continue to pray that this horrible injustice comes to an end soon."
In 2009 a judge in a civil trial brought by investors ordered Scrushy to repay $2.87 billion related for fraud he was found to be responsible for. The Alabama Supreme Court rejected Scrushy’s final appeal of the civil judgment last month.