The attorneys for Singing River Health System retirees aren't messing around.
Attorneys Harvey Barton and Earl Denham want rafts of records from Singing River Health System. They've issued a subpoena for the records to be delivered to Denham's Ocean Springs office by close of business Friday, Feb. 6. Among the Singing River records they want:
* All documents turned over to Billy Guice, the lawyer investigating the health system for the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.* All records records turned over to Jackson County.* The engagement letters Singing River signed with KPMG, the accounting firm that previously audited the books, and Transamerica Retirement Corp. the retirement plan adminstrator.
And that's just for starters. You can find the subpoena here.
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Chancery Judge Neil Harris is presiding over the Almond case. It's unclear how much, if any evidence will come out at the next scheduled hearing on Feb. 12. That's because Harris must first consider Singing River's motion that he remove himself as judge.
The health system says Harris is unable to serve impartially because of a prolonged personal legal battle that involved Jackson County and also because he was opposed for re-election by a candidate Singing River attorneys supported as campaign manager and treasurer. Harris was embroiled in a legal battle involving the county and a public sidewalk he opposed on the beach in Ocean Springs.
Denham and Barton argue in response that Singing River's firm, Dogan & Wilkinson, never should have taken the case in the first place if the attorneys were so worried about their campaign for Harris' opponent. Harris won re-election by less than 20 votes over Paula Yancey, attorney for the Jackson County Board of Supervisors.
Denham and Barton are trying to ferret out the culprit or culprits who might have contributed to Singing River's current financial woes and the failure of its employee pension plan.