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Judge refuses to change Scrushy's travel restrictions

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A federal judge says former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy will have to wear an electronic monitoring device on his ankle if he travels to Dallas or Wilcox counties to help maintain family-owned land.

Federal Magistrate Judge Charles Coody on Monday denied a motion by Scrushy asking that court-imposed restrictions on his travel be amended. In the motion, Scrushy's attorneys said since the 2005 death of his father, Gerald Scrushy, he has been in charge of maintenance and care of a tract of land in Wilcox and Dallas counties.

"The defendant has not shown that his responsibility to care for the property is inconsistent with the GPS monitoring equipment," Coody said in his ruling.

Scrushy filed the motion seeking to amend his travel restrictions on April 10.

a day after a daylong hearing in which prosecutors sought to have Scrushy's bond revoked because he took a trip on his 92-foot yacht from West Palm Beach, Fla. to Miami while he was supposed to be on vacation at Disney World.

Coody refused to revoke Scrushy's bond, but amended the conditions of his release to require him to wear the electronic monitoring device in the future if he leaves the U.S. District Court's middle or northern districts. Dallas and Wilcox counties are in the court's southern district.

Scrushy and former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted last year on bribery and conspiracy charges and are waiting to be sentenced.

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