Attorneys Harvey Barton and Earl Denham have filed a motion with the Mississippi Supreme Court asking for an emergency hearing on their cases in the Singing River pension matter.
Barton and Denham point to video of a secret meeting by the judges in the case and attorneys from SRHS and for other plaintiffs.
The motion alleges a secret meeting was held at Special Master Britt Singletary’s Biloxi office. The meeting concluded less than an hour before Judge Hilburn issued orders on several motions before canceling hearings scheduled the next day. Hilburn has put an indefinite pause in place on all of his cases related to SRHS. A motion asking Hilburn and Singletary to recuse was still pending when Hilburn ordered the pause.
Attendees of the Tuesday, January 12, 2015 meeting are alleged to include:
- Judge Breland Hilburn
- Special Master Britt Singletary
- Special Fiduciary Steve Simpson
- Brett Williams, attorney for SRHS
- Kelly Sessoms, attorney for SRHS
- Scott Taylor, SRHS trustee and also a licensed attorney
- Billy Guice, special counsel for the Jackson County Board of Supervisors
- Jim Reeves, attorney for one group of plaintiffs
- Matt Mestayer, partner with Jim Reeves, attorney for plaintiffs
Reeves, Guice, and attorneys for SRHS have recently signed a settlement agreement which seeks to stop all litigation against Singing River.
Barton and Denham’s motion asks the court to:
- Allow the cases to continue
- Remove Judge Breland Hilburn from overseeing the cases
- Remove Britt Singletary as special master in the cases
- Remove Steve Simpson as special fiduciary
- Remove Dogan & Wilkinson, Brett Williams and Kelly Sessoms from representing SRHS
- Remove Jim Reeves and Matt Mestayer from representing anyone in connection to the case
- Remove Scott Taylor from his position as a trustee of SRHS
- Appoint a new judge to oversee the cases
SRHS Watch will update this story as more information comes available.