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Former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy isrestructuring his legal team to bring in a little-known Dothan, Ala., lawyer totake over the lead counsel’s role from a well-known Washington attorney. Scrushy has designated Jim Parkman of Dothan as the lead attorney forScrushy’s upcoming trial on charges of conspiracy, fraud and moneylaundering. He takes over from Abbe Lowell, who remains on Scrushy’slegal team, a legal adviser to Scrushy said. “I expect that Mr. Parkman will probably have a leading role during thetrial,” said Donald Watkins, a Birmingham, Ala., attorney who is advisingScrushy. “The magnitude of the trial and the expected length of itdictates that you have three or four attorneys who examine witnesses. Ican’t tell you today which of those three or four lawyers will handlethe most witnesses.” Scrushy’s trial, scheduled to begin in Birmingham federal court inJanuary, is expected to last for several weeks. Another attorney in Parkman’s firm, Martin Adams, is also joiningScrushy’s team, according to court papers filed by the defense. Adams ismarried to Scrushy’s daughter Amy. Watkins said Adams’ role on the legalteam will not be high-profile. Changes were made in Scrushy’s legal team because Lowell has beenworking on a high-profile case in Mississippi he agreed to take beforejoining the Scrushy legal team, Watkins said Wednesday. Watkins said he hopes trials in the two cases don’t overlap, but “wehave to make sure we have a point person who is available at thattime.” Lowell has handled several prominent cases and twice served as counselto the U.S. House of Representatives, most notably handling duties aschief investigative counsel in the impeachment proceedings of formerPresident Bill Clinton. Lowell is representing attorney Paul Minor in Mississippi’s judicialbribery case. Lowell had told a federal judge in Jackson, Miss., thathis work on Scrushy’s defense might interfere in the Mississippi case.No trial date has been set in the Mississippi case. Parkman is experienced in defense work in federal court, but has notbuilt a national reputation like Lowell. Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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