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Scrushy's son to get out-of-state drug treatment

COLUMBIANA (AP) — Drug charges against Brandon Marin Scrushy, son of imprisoned former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, have been put on hold so that he can enter an in-patient drug treatment program outside Alabama.

Scrushy, 22, had been scheduled to appear Thursday in Shelby County District Court on felony drug charges involving prescription pills, but that hearing was continued until he completes the rehabilitation program.

In a written order, Shelby County Circuit Judge H.L. "Sonny" Conwill agreed to delay proceedings in the drug case.

"The defendant may leave the state of Alabama so that he can enroll and successfully complete an out of state drug and/or alcohol treatment program," Conwill's order said.

Scrushy is free on an $11,000 bond. When he finishes what is expected to be up to a 12-month in-patient program, Scrushy is required to return to Alabama and report to the pretrial release office at Shelby County Community Corrections.

Scrushy also is free on bond for three drug cases pending in Jefferson County involving marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The district attorneys in Shelby and Jefferson signed off on the drug treatment arrangement.

Scrushy and three other people were arrested June 28 at a house in Inverness in connection with the seizure of about 3,000 prescription pills. Scrushy was charged with unlawful drug possession and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

Scrushy's father, Richard Scrushy, and former Gov. Don Siegelman were convicted last year of bribery and other charges in a federal government corruption case in Montgomery. Richard Scrushy is serving an almost seven-year sentence at the federal prison in Beaumont, Texas.

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