And then with the recommendation of his special master in hand, Judge Harris announced he will not recuse himself from the pension cases. Given the circumstances I think the Hospital system is entering the house of pain. It will be interesting to see how far Holland and company at Team SRHS will go trying to cover for its former Board and advisors because his Rotary Club talking points blaming everything on KPMG won’t fly far on the witness stand. Stay tuned.
Today Anita Lee checks in with an interesting story for the Sun Herald about a Jackson County Chancellor who’s had it with bogus service of process in child support cases. I have some unique insights here though I will not be sharing them today but I do encourage those so interested in the Mississippi blogosphere to follow the money as contracts at the state agencies generally have some sort of bad political odor attached.
The 16th Chancery Court District, where Harris is a judge, has 1,200 cases pending. Harris sensed a problem from the start.
The court was prepared to handle 82 cases May 14, Harris wrote in a pleading filed with the state Supreme Court, but 77 had to be delayed for lack of summonses served. Chancellors began reviewing the cases to see what might have gone wrong.
On June 11, 100 cases had been set, but Harris discovered records summoning deadbeat parents had been falsified. In one case, the woman process server Guy Jernigan of Madison swore he had served was in fact dead. In another, the mother he supposedly served at an Ocean Springs residence was actually in a Pascagoula jail cell.