Hayne, West Sued

Monday, April 6th, 2009

Over the weekend, Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Steven Hayne and Michael West. This part of the story is interesting:

The lawsuits filed in February represent only one side of the legal argument. Plaintiffs’ attorney Rob McDuff of Jackson said Friday he’s still waiting for a response from West.

“It took a while to serve them with the papers because it was hard to track down West,” McDuff said.

Attorney Robin Roberts of Hattiesburg, who has represented West in other cases, said he had not seen West, whose dentist office is now closed, in at least a year.

In cases just two years apart, Brooks and Brewer were each convicted of raping and murdering the young daughters of their girlfriends, almost entirely due to the bite mark testimony Hayne and West gave at trial.

Between them, the two men served more than 30 years in prison. Brewer spent most of his time on death row. Both were released last year after a check of the state’s DNA database matched a man named Justin Albert Johnson. Johnson then confessed to both crimes.

Archive of my prior reporting on Hayne and West here.

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8 Responses to “Hayne, West Sued”

  1. #1 |  Ohio Dale Boley | 

    I would bet that every time Hayne and West think of Radley Balko, they think: “Radley ‘fucking’ Balko”.

    Good job RFB. You’re doing fantastic work.

  2. #2 |  RTFLaw | 

    I can think of at least two good (released after erroneously convicted) reasons he closed up the shop and moved out of town.

  3. #3 |  martin | 

    Crimes were 2 years apart? I wonder what the timeline is. Had the first crime already been “solved” due to the lies of that despicable Hayne/West duo when the second kid was murdered? Did the cops quit looking because they already had a suspect?

  4. #4 |  Judi | 

    Martin, the cops most likely ‘quit looking’ after Hayne and West falsified evidence they were SURE would convict Brewer and Brooks.

    The Dynamic Duo are quite…”creative”.

  5. #5 |  Invid | 

    Judi, the cops probably weren’t really looking at all. They had the boyfriends afterall.

  6. #6 |  pam | 

    Martin, yes, I believe the second murder happened after they “solved” the first crime with the wrong “usual” suspect, the mother’s boyfriend (cause ya know, it’s always the mother’s boyfriend). The real killer, Johnson(?) I believe, was someone in the neighborhood, but don’t quote me on this, I’m going on memory. Sadly, I believe the second little girl’s death could have been prevented if the police hadn’t had their mind set on a certain suspect. Not sure if Hayne & West had already testified before the second murder happened, but it seems like maybe they had being 2 years in between, and no doubt this was a speedy type trial and conviction on the first man.

    Thanks Mr. Balko for your hard work. Yes, one person CAN make a difference and you certainly have. So to anyone who says one person can’t make a difference, Radley Balko has proven y’all wrong. So no excuses people! Balko through diligence, hard work, persistence and a hyper sense of justice single-handedly paved the way for the bringing down of Dr. Hayne. Through the excellent CSI: Mississippi article in Reason Magazine Hayne’s BS and shenanegans was exposed nationally.

    I sat next to a guy up here in the gym of a Chicago suburban Middle School at my daughter’s chior concert who was carrying that copy of the magazine with him when it came out. I asked him about it and we got to talking. We agreed Hayne was a fraud. I don’t know what sort of reward a man like Balko deserves, but it is something really, really good!

  7. #7 |  pam | 

    aahheemmm, “choir” that is.

  8. #8 |  Anton Sherwood | 

    Er, was that Reason Blog link meant to be more specific?