Supreme Court Notebook

 Court rejects ex-HealthSouth CEO Scrushy’s appeal 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to disturb the conviction of former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy on bribery and fraud charges.

The justices had no comment Monday on their order rejecting Scrushy’s appeal of his 2006 conviction for arranging $500,000 in donations to former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman’s lottery campaign. In return, Siegelman appointed Scrushy to a state hospital regulatory board.
 
Scrushy argued that he should get a new trial because of judicial and juror bias.

Scrushy served more than five years in prison before his release in 2012. Siegelman, convicted with Scrushy, remains in federal prison.
 

High court rules against claim of steelworkers 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says steelworkers do not have to be paid for time they spend putting on and taking off protective gear they wear on the job.
 
The court was unanimous Monday in ruling in favor of United States Steel Corp. over workers’ claims that they should be paid under the terms of federal labor law for the time it takes them to put on flame-retardant jackets and pants, safety glasses, earplugs, hardhats and other equipment.

Justice Antonin Scalia said for the court that the labor agreement between the company and the workers’ union says the employees don’t get paid for time spent changing clothes. Scalia said most of the items count as clothing. He said earplugs, glasses and respirators are not clothing, but take little time to put on.

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