Dr. Hayne Is Done

Monday, August 4th, 2008

My sources in Mississippi tell me that tomorrow afternoon the new commissioner of the state’s Department of Public Safety will announce that embattled medical examiner Dr. Steven Hayne will be removed from the state’s list of approved medical examiners.

Which means he’ll no longer be performing autopsies in Mississippi.  There may be other sanctions in the works, too.

There’s a press conference scheduled for 1:30pm CT.

Read my long investigative piece on Hayne from reason’s October issue here.  All of my follow-up reporting on Hayne here.

MORE: Jackson TV station WLBT has the first report.

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59 Responses to “Dr. Hayne Is Done”

  1. #1 |  omar | 

    I’m glad my daily depression is making a difference. Keep up the good work, Radley. We all know that, secretly, you are Captain Great Journalism (superhero).

  2. #2 |  Ben | 

    Thanks and CONGRATS!!!

    You have saved many people from undeserved time and anguish that would have been spent in a jail cell.

  3. #3 |  B | 

    Congratulations, and well done.

    But seriously, I’d give serious thought to steering clear of MS for a while, or at least keeping a REALLY low profile when you’re there. You’ve no doubt pissed off some very powerful people.

  4. #4 |  John Jenkins | 

    First, congratulations. Second, don’t everyone get too happy here. Dr. Hayne is gone, but there are dozens, if not hundreds more like him who see it as their jobs to give prosecutors what the prosecutors want instead of presenting fairly what the data show. The criminal justice system is broken, and replacing the pieces of the puzzle won’t change the ugly picture it reveals when put together.

  5. #5 |  SusanK | 

    Congratulations Radley!
    BUT the linked WLBT article attributes the Innocence Project – giving you no love. Aren’t you the one that got this started and the IP just ran with it?
    Your loyal readers will give you tons of props but not the media?

  6. #6 |  Mark | 

    Just when I find myself without any faith in humanity to listen to uncomfortable truths, this happens. Congrats Radley on a job well done (even if this is only the first victory on a long road towards vindication of so many of this man’s victims).

  7. #7 |  Bronwyn | 

    Well, hallelujah! It’s about time we get some good news around here :)

  8. #8 |  pam | 

    Thanks Radley from one of Hayne’s victim’s supporters.

  9. #9 |  whiser | 

    cool dude