According to an article in today’s Washington Post, HealthSouth Corp CEO Richard Scrushy was acquitted because he was heavily into Christianity.
The acquittal of former HealthSouth Corp. chief executive Richard M. Scrushy in Birmingham yesterday suggests that jurors in the case embraced the defense portrayal of Scrushy as a deeply religious son of the South.
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During the trial, Scrushy appeared on a morning television show in Birmingham called "Viewpoint" in which he and his wife read Bible verses. He began preaching in fundamentalist churches and invited pastors to the trial. Several jurors said in pretrial questionnaires that they attended church.
So there you have it, being religious not only has benefits in the afterlife, it helps you in the here and now.