Richard Scrushy is in jail, and he is paying for it.
The judge sentenced Scrushy, the founder of HealthSouth Corp., to six years, 10 months in prison, three years of probation, 500 hours of community service, a $150,000 fine and $267,000 in restitution. He also ordered Scrushy to pay the costs of his prison stay - $1,952.66 a month while he is in prison plus $3,450 a year for supervision.
He is paying for prison like it were a hotel. Also, his attorney does not seem to optimistic on the prospect of winning an appeal.
"We're going to pursue all of his options, all of his appeals and we expect he will be vindicated," Leach said. "I'm disappointed by the length of the jail term but it could have been a whole lot worse," Leach said.
"It could have been a whole lot worse" is not something that press-savvy lawyers often say when they think they've got a winning appeal on their hands.
I keep checking Scrushy's website to see what his official response will be. Nothing yet.