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Back in the day (1970something) I decided to test my skills as a navigator and drive from southern Illinois to Detroit sans any map. I was cruising in my Pinto with the AM radio and hoping I could pick up the Big 89 WLS. My goal that day was to make it to Motown without taking the interstate or US highways. A true trip through the country. Radio back then was pretty much local and the stations would fade out within the hour. Somewhere in Indiana I picked up a good signal and listened to the prices for corn and hog bellies. After the mercantile reports came the news. Top story for the day was the coroner report on a local suicide. It seems the poor fellow was so distraught that he hit himself in the head 212 times with a ball peen hammer.
Try patting yourself on the head with an open palm 212 times. Let me know if you can get past 50. Then let us know what you think of ME reports. And as an aside, I saw quite a few chain gangs working on the roads that day.
Last year, I sat down at the kitchen table of House Rep, John Mayo in Mississippi. While he was aware of ‘some’ of the forensic fiasco with Hayne / West, he did not know all of the details.
I gave them to him thanks to Radley’s articles and my own investigating for nearly 2 years.
Hence, House Bill 1456 was born. In the original bill, a clause had been included that, aside from hiring a qualified Medical Examiner, would force the state to re-open and re-examine tainted cases such as Havard, Bennett, and Howard, etc.
However, this clause was deleted in committee since they felt it would hinder it’s passing into law.
House Bill 1456 was signed into law by Gov. Barbour earlier this year that DOES require the state to hire a qualified M.E. after July 2010.
That’s a great accomplishment, however, these ‘tainted’ cases are not merely cases…they involve REAL people whose lives are at stake.
We simply must continue to fight to ensure true justice is served and innocent people do not meet their fate on the execution table by lethal injection.
Thank you Radley for your tenacity and courageous efforts to expose injustices everywhere.
To Freedonian: I read the article from the link you posted. One of the commenters called Hayne a PROSTITUTE FOR THE PROSECUTION.
Well happy days are truly here again. Thanks (at least in part) to the mental masturbatory efforts of Judi, they passed a law. That should fix everything. If not, just pass another fucking law. Judy, I hate to tell you, but you are fucking INSANE. Try fixing your own problems like the fact that your premise is fatally flawed.
Idk, the first thing that popped out at me was that same old picture of Hayne looking dirty, dissheveled and greasy. I cringe and have an urge to gag every time I see it.
Thanks Judi for your efforts in getting this Bill passed. It shouldn’t be an either/or proposition when it comes to justice, but it’s Mississippi. Your efforts will prevent or at least try to prevent another Hayne debacle in the future and hopefully there will be enough dedicated people to tackle the wrongs of the past.