Mississippi TV Station Covers the Leigh Stubbs Case

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

Good to see this case get some local coverage. Video includes grainy footage from the security camera that Michael West magically enhanced.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s defense of Stubbs’ prosecution in this video is so vague, it’s pretty much impossible to address. There was no evidence presented at trial other than West’s bite mark and “video enhancement” testimony that Leigh Stubbs assaulted Kim Williams. (Well, other than the weird prosecution theory that homosexuals are especially prone to biting one another.) I’m told that Hood also took a couple questions about the case last week, and referred to Stubbs’ “dope” convictions in the case as the other evidence of her guilt. So maybe that’s what he’s referring to in this video.

Problem is, not only does that have nothing to do with the alleged assault, there’s also no evidence Stubbs had much of a role in the theft of dope from Williams’ boyfriend. She passed a drug test shortly after her arrest. And witness accounts from the night in question also indicate that Stubbs was sober. There was evidence that Stubbs knew Vance and Williams had stolen the drugs and were ingesting them. And she obviously didn’t report them. But that isn’t the sort of crime for which one gets a 44-year prison sentence, particularly for a first offense.

At the end of this report, the anchor says Hood says his office is looking into at least 20 cases in which West has testified. That’s the first time I’ve heard of any Mississippi state official investigating old West/Hayne cases. So that’s encouraging. But I’ll withhold praise for Hood until/unless he can come up with a single case in which he determines that West’s testimony should invalidate a prosecution. So far, his office has either defended West’s testimony, or argued that defendants whose cases are in post-conviction status are procedurally barred from challenging West’s credibility. As for Hayne, Hood has not only steadfastly defended him, Hood led the fight to overturn Hayne’s termination so he could resume doing autopsies for Mississippi prosecutors.

My HuffPost article on the Stubbs case here.

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10 Responses to “Mississippi TV Station Covers the Leigh Stubbs Case”

  1. #1 |  Judi | 

    I’ll believe that Hood is looking at these 20 cases when I see it…and even then, I inclined not to believe it.

    Pfffft!

  2. #2 |  Greg | 

    I got banned from Jim Hood’s Facebook page for posting that Leigh Stubbs would sign up for the AG’s cell phone notification list if she wasn’t sitting in prison where cell phones aren’t permitted.

  3. #3 |  Juanita | 

    I’m with you Judy! Its a shame too! I would think that they would want to be recognized for being proactive in trying to fix the what is wrong instead of trying to be so secretive! They are just like a dysfunctional family full of dark secrets. But what they are not realizing that what’s done in the dark will always come to light.

  4. #4 |  pam | 

    MS is stilll defending Hayne. This is from a COA opinion handed down yesterday.

    “¶49. Jones argues his trial attorneys were ineffective for stipulating to Dr. Hayne’s
    qualifications and declining to voir dire him concerning his qualifications.9 We acknowledge
    Dr. Hayne’s work has received vast criticism as of late, indeed some of it earned. However,
    other than the rejection of his two shooter theory in Edmonds v. State, 955 So. 2d 787 (Miss.
    2007), our supreme court has made abundantly clear that “Dr. Hayne is qualified to proffer
    expert opinions in forensic pathology[.]” Id. at 792 (¶8) (emphasis added). Furthermore,
    since Edmonds, the supreme court has consistently found Dr. Hayne qualified to render
    expert opinions in the field of forensic pathology in criminal cases.

    In other words just because he invented some cockamamie theory once to railroad a child into prison for life (Edmonds), doesn’t mean he has no credibility.

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