Jackson’s Clarion-Ledger picks up the story about the Mississippi coroners and DAs trying to bring back Steven Hayne.
A couple of interesting things here. First, Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson wouldn’t comment for the paper. When I spoke with him a few weeks ago about all of this, he was quite critical of the plan. Not sure why he’s not talking now.
The other item of note is that Hayne attorney Dale Danks actually admits in the article that Hayne isn’t board certified in forensic pathology. Hayne has maintained all this time, and has testified in court, that he is board certified in forensic pathology, just not by the American Board of Pathology. He told a Jackson TV station in October 2007 after my Wall Street Journal article came out that he “couldn’t remember” the name of the group that had certified him. Is Danks now conceding that every time Hayne has testified in court over the years that he is board certified in forensic pathology, he was lying?
The Mississippi legislature can undo all of this fairly easily. They merely need to pass a law revoking the old law. That would prevent Hayne’s return. I guess we’ll see what happens once they’re back in session.