Friday, May 20, 2005

Fun with real audio

Jury deliberations will continue today in the criminal trial of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy, who could face a lot of prison time if convicted. During the first day of deliberations Thursday, the panel asked to rehear some tape recordings at the heart of each side's case. Jurors also decided Thursday that they will end their sessions each weekday at 2:30 p.m., probably to prevent burnout from a case that's lasted four months.

It's unclear what impact, if any, the closing arguments will have on the jury's decision, but Scrushy's defense team put on a show to remember Wednesday. Among the notable moments were one attorney's empassioned story of his struggles as a black boy during the civil rights era and another attorney's use of "a visual display of a giant cartoon mouse with a block of cheese on his head."

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