Could the jury in the Scrushy case be on the verge of deadlock? It certainly sounds that way from this report in today’s Wall Street Journal:
"Jurors in the corporate-fraud
trial of HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard M. Scrushy told the judge
that they "cannot unanimously agree on a verdict" and asked for "an
explanation in layman’s terms."
The handwritten note, delivered to the judge about
halfway into the jury’s fourth day of deliberations, appears to be an
ominous sign for federal prosecutors while giving Mr. Scrushy another
reason for optimism about the outcome of the four-month trial here."
Now, it’s a little early to say anything conclusive about what a mistrial would mean, but that does not exactly sound like good news if you’re one of the people who think Scrushy was involved in the massive accounting fraud at HealthSouth.