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Attorneys give federal judge status report on Singing River Health System case

Attorneys for a former Singing River employee meet for a conference call. (Photo source: WLOX) Attorneys for a former Singing River employee meet for a conference call. (Photo source: WLOX)
Harvey Barton said they will refile for a temporary restraining order. (Photo source: WLOX) Harvey Barton said they will refile for a temporary restraining order. (Photo source: WLOX)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

Monday afternoon, the Jackson County Board of Supervisors and Singing River Hospital officials signed a memorandum promising they would further investigate and audit Singing River Health System's finances, over the next 90 days.

Around the same time the Jackson County Board of Supervisors released that agreement, 12 attorneys were on a conference call with two federal judges, one of whom is overseeing the case.

"I think the judge was just trying to get a handle on who all the players were, and where we were. He knew that there was an emergency basis to this because our temporary restraining order expires on Thursday so something has to happen," said Barton.

Harvey Barton is the attorney representing former Singing River employee Cynthia Almond. She filed the motion for a temporary restraining order against the hospital upon learning they were planning to terminate the pension completely.

"If Cindy Almond had not filed this case, and filed this injunction, they would have terminated the plan at Wednesday's board meeting. So once the plan is terminated, the debt owed by Singing River Hospital is no longer owed," said Barton.

During the conference call, nothing new was decided on the case, but Judge Guirola did advise the attorneys to draft a new restraining order document.

"He encouraged the lawyers to get together tomorrow and try to come up with a language agreeable to both sides that he could sign off that would continue the TRO indefinitely," said Barton.

Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m., the Jackson County Board of Supervisors will hold a press conference to address the board's plan going forward. It will be held at the Jackson County Board of Supervisors Board Room.

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