No one disputed that a $2.7 billion accounting fraud took place under Richard Scrushy's nose. But the former HealthSouth chief managed to convince a jury he never smelled a thing. Notebook looks at the five-month trial.
1 By the time jury selection began in his hometown, Birmingham, Ala., Scrushy was widely known for all of the following EXCEPT:
A. his sudden philanthropic largesse
B. starting a local talk show with his wife
C. joining a predominantly black church
D. mowing his lawn while wearing a suit
2 In lieu of a smoking gun, the prosecution presented all of the following EXCEPT:
A. secretly recorded conversations, during which Scrushy asked a top aide, "You're not wired, are you?"
B. an e-mail Scrushy sent out encouraging employees to shred sensitive documents in a timely manner
C. guilty pleas from five former chief financial officers who testified that Scrushy conspired to cook the books
D. a notebook detailing the suspicions of a former treasurer who quit after confronting Scrushy with allegations of fraud
3 The defense team's strategy included all of the following EXCEPT:
A. having Scrushy take the stand to plead ignorance
B. describing one witness as looking as "clean as Winn-Dixie chitlin"
C. addressing the judge as "Ma'am"
D. calling one witness a rat
4 Why was one of the two jurors leaning toward a conviction dismissed after more than two weeks of deliberation?
A. chronic fatigue
B. substance abuse
C. migraine headaches
D. verbal assault
5 What does Scrushy have to look forward to now that his trial is over?
A. spending time with his nine kids
B. pondering the resale value of his 92-ft. yacht
C. wrestling with some 60 civil lawsuits
D. all of the above
Answers: 1-D; 2-B; 3-A; 4-C; 5-D