JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The Chancery Court judge involved in the Singing River Health System pension fund case is giving his take on the so-called "secret meeting" involving himself and several attorneys. Judge Breland Hilburn says he did nothing inappropriate.
Video taken outside the Biloxi office of Britt Singletary, the Special Master assigned to the case, shows Hilburn chatting with the attorneys for all federal lawsuits involving SRHS.
"At no time did I schedule a secret meeting with anyone; at no time have I ever had an improper meeting with anyone; at no time have I improperly discussed any Jackson County Chancery Court issues, particularly at the Special Master's office January 12, 2016 and at no time did any individual who was at the Special Master's office mention any aspect of the Jackson County Chancery Court litigation," wrote Hilburn.
In a newly-filed court document, Hilburn says he didn't know those attorneys would be there before he showed up at the office. He also claims they didn't discuss anything related to the Chancery Court case.
"I have considered whether my visit to the Special Master's office gives an appearance of impropriety; I do not see that is does but then it is not my decision," wrote Hilburn
Harvey Barton and Earl Denham, the attorneys who represent retirees suing in state court, have tried to get Hilburn recused on charges of judicial misconduct. They're asking the Mississippi Supreme Court to remove both Hilburn and Singletary from the case.