More Hayne

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

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.

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11 Responses to “More Hayne”

  1. #1 |  Franklin | 

    And once again, like with the Haley Oliveaux story, the Clarion-Ledger doesn’t feel it necessary to credit you for first reporting this story three weeks ago. I live in Mississippi, and your article was actually reprinted in the Jackson Free Press, our alternative paper. So it’s not like the Clarion-Ledger people can say they didn’t know about your article. In fact, that’s probably how they heard about the story.

  2. #2 |  Cynical In CA | 

    Sorry to be OT but wanted to get this one out about a new twist on puppycide, that being puppytorture:

    http://radgeek.com/

  3. #3 |  Stephen | 

    “They merely need to pass a law revoking the old law.”

    I would love to see lots of this but am not holding my breath.

  4. #4 |  Judi | 

    I think it’s time for a live protest!

    In the meantime, here’s my petition. A monumental THANKS to Radley the unsung hero for his articles (I use the links on the petition) and for allowing me to post my link here:

    http://www.gopetition.com/online/25939.html

  5. #5 |  Frank | 

    #2 Some day, police funerals will start looking like mob funerals.

  6. #6 |  Sky | 

    I’m sure there is or will be a couch potato lawyer that will attempt to defend this crap but the bottom line is, his job as a medical examiner is to DETERMINE the CAUSE of death. In other words, he is given a BLANK SLATE (a corspe), nothing more, nothing less and from physical findings, makes a determination as to the cause of death.

    In cases where Hayne was involved not only was he given a BLANK SLATE he was also handed “alleged confessions and alleged facts”. It’s no surprise that Hayne’s physical findings completely MATCHED the States BOGUS CLAIMS .

    Not to mention that Hayne allso testified as an EXPERT in Forensics which he is not and never has been.

    Danks (Hayne’s back woods attorney) must think the majority of people in this country are as dumb as a box of rocks and to him I say; You might be able to baffle the folks in Mississippi with your bullshit but the rest of us are NOT dazzled by it!!

  7. #7 |  Zubon | 

    Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson wouldn’t comment for the paper. … Not sure why he’s not talking now.
    That could just be timing. Call him at 4pm on a Friday, ask if he can comment right now for a 5pm deadline, that kind of thing.

  8. #8 |  Ben (the other one) | 

    Hayne is the forensics equivalent of the “too big to fail” syndrome in bank regulation. Mississippi law enforcement and prosecutors deserve most of the blame for giving one man responsibility for so many forensic-dependent prosecutions.

    If you read the cases which discuss Hayne, there is a kind of bootstrap argument going on: i.e., he must be qualified because he’s testified so many times.

  9. #9 |  pam | 

    14 Q. And have you received any board certifications?
    15 A. Yes,
    16 Q. In what particular field, Doctor?
    17 A. Anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, forensic
    18 pathology, forensic medicine

    This is from the transcripts of the Brett Jones case. Clearly, he is lying.

  10. #10 |  pam | 

    if you believe what his lawyer said, that is is not board certified in forensic pathology.

  11. #11 |  pam | 

    maybe he considers himself grandfathered in.

    HAYNE – DIRECT 240
    1 Q. And what is the meaning of board certified?
    2 A. It usually means that you have passed some
    3 minimal standard test or if you’re old enough, you’ve been
    4 grandfathered into a position of recognized basic
    5 expertise in the field.
    6 Q. All right. Now beyond being a pathologist, to
    7 be a forensic pathologist, does it take additional
    8 training or education?
    9 A. I rotated, myself personally rotated at the
    10 medical examiner’s officers for the city and county of San
    11 Francisco.
    12 Q. For how long, sir?
    13 A. The total? Almost a year.
    14 Q. And have you received any board certifications?
    15 A. Yes,
    16 Q. In what particular field, Doctor?
    17 A. Anatomic pathology, clinical pathology, forensic
    18 pathology, forensic medicine

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