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FRIDAY, MARCH 30, 2007

Probation officers want Scrushy to stay at home

MONTGOMERY (AP) — Federal probation officers filed a request Thursday that former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy be confined to his home and his movements tracked by a monitoring device as he awaits sentencing on a bribery conviction.

The filing accused Scrushy of violating the terms of his release on bond when he “left his approved hotel” on a family trip to Orlando, Fla., earlier this month.

Scrushy attorney Art Leach said there was no violation on the trip, which was approved in advance by the court, and that he will ask that conditions of his release not be changed.

Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted on bribery and conspiracy charges in federal court in Montgomery last year. They have been free awaiting sentencing.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Charles Coody has scheduled a hearing April 9 to decide if Scrushy should be confined to his suburban Birmingham home.

Chief prosecutor Louis Franklin said prosecutors have not decided what position to take at the hearing.

He otherwise declined to comment.

The filing by federal probation officer Tamara Martin says that Scrushy was given permission by the court to travel to Disney World with his family between March 16 and March 24. But the filing says Scrushy “left his approved hotel on Tuesday, March 20 and departed Orlando, Fla.”

The filing does not say where Scrushy went after leaving Orlando.

Leach said Thursday that Scrushy also had permission from the court to visit family and friends and that was the reason he left the hotel in Orlando.

“Richard made a request through his probation officer that he be authorized to travel to Disney World in Orlando and to visit friends and family in southern Florida,” Leach said.

“That permission was granted. Consequently, he did not violate the terms of his release.”

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