The judge in the trial of Richard Scrushy defended her performance in an interview published Thursday, saying she never wanted the case but had a duty to make sure the fired HealthSouth Corp. chief executive, who won a full acquittal, was treated fairly.

Speaking in an interview with The Birmingham News, U.S. District Judge Karon Bowdre said it wasn’t her job to make sure prosecutors had an easy time during the trial, which began in January and ended Tuesday with jurors finding Scrushy not guilty on 36 counts.