Judge denies SRHS lawsuit recusal motion

Judge denies SRHS lawsuit recusal motion
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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - A law firm involved with the Singing River Health System lawsuit is alleging that Judge Breland Hilburn has violated a Supreme Court order to hold a hearing on recusal motions.

The judge ruled on Feb. 1 that the allegations by Denham and Barton did not require recusal, and denied the requests without holding a hearing. The order, which can be read in full by clicking here, read in part:

"Should there be an appeal and the appellate court find as a matter of law that the factual basis set out in Denham and Barton's recusal motion does in fact establish a basis for recusal then I am prepared to comply with the Court's order. If not, then I request that appropriate orders directed to Denham and Barton be entered by the appellate court."

In April of 2015, the court ruled that the SRHS Trust litigation would be allowed settlement attempts through mediation or litigation to avoid "active and aggressive litigation against SRHS by Denham and Barton."

According to a court document sent to WLOX, none of the nearly 30 lawyers involved in the litigation joined the motion by Denham and Barton which requested court and Special Master's recusal.

WLOX spoke with Attorney Harvey Barton, who says he will appeal the ruling directly to the state Supreme Court. Barton also noted there are details about the alleged secret meeting that the Supreme Court does not know about.

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