Thursday, May 18, 2006

THE WOMAN BEHIND THE DEFENDANT -- In anticipation of Richard Scrushy's second trial related to his management of HealthSouth, WaPo profiles Mrs. Scrucshy:
As Richard, 53, stands trial again, this time on corruption charges, Leslie's image as diamond-studded trophy wife is much misunderstood, friends and associates say. In the first trial, the 37-year-old former Junior Miss from Florida with sweeping brown hair and green eyes not only offered spiritual advice, but much, much more.

"Leslie was a key adviser, a morale booster, a commentator on proposed strategy and a co-decision maker," said one of Scrushy's defense lawyers, Donald V. Watkins.