Scrushy Jury Resumes Deliberations

Jurors in the corporate fraud trial of fired HealthSouth Corp. (search) CEO Richard Scrushy (search) resumed their deliberations Tuesday after a three-day holiday weekend.

Scrushy's trial began in January, and U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre told jurors Thursday she hoped a long weekend would refresh them. But she also suggested that the jury consider working longer hours after the holiday.

Officials said jurors had not announced a decision on whether to work longer days.

The jury has sent notes to Bowdre indicating they were deadlocked on a key conspiracy count against Scrushy, but the judge cleared them to move on to 35 other charges.

Scrushy, 52, is the first chief executive officer charged with violating the Sarbanes-Oxley (search) corporate reporting law. He also is accused of conspiracy, false reporting, fraud and money laundering.

Prosecutors say Scrushy directed a seven-year scheme to overstate HealthSouth earnings by some $2.7 billion to make it appear the rehabilitation and medical services chain was meeting Wall Street forecasts.

The defense blames the accounting scheme on Scrushy subordinates including 15 former executives who pleaded guilty.