Prosecutorial Misconduct – Medical Examiner Malfeasance in Mississippi

October 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm | Posted in asshole, Criminal Justice | Leave a comment

The medical examiner in the case, Dr. Steven Hayne, had testified under oath that he could tell from the bullet wounds in the body that Edmonds and his sister simultaneously held the gun to fire the fatal shot. Of course, as the court concluded, it is impossible to make such a determination from examining bullet wounds.

Former Columbus, Miss., Police Chief J.D. Sanders has been trying for years to draw attention to Dr. Hayne. “There’s no question in my mind that there are innocent people doing time at Parchman Penitentiary due to the testimony of Dr. Hayne,” he says. “There may even be some on death row.”

According to his comments on the stand, he performs anywhere from 1,500 to 1,800 autopsies a year. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) says a medical examiner should perform no more than 250 autopsies per year. After 325, the organization refuses to certify an examiner’s practice.


The doctor perfoms 1,500 to 1,800 autopsies per year. At $550 per autopsy that works out to $990,000 per year. In addition to performing 28 to 34 autopsies per week he testifies in court, presumably as a paid expert witness 2 to 4 days per week, reducing the time available for the autopsies even further. One autopsy has been branded “near total speculation”.

This doctor is selling testimony that may well have put many innocent people in jail for life or on death row. People who actually committed the crimes for which they were found guilty in a court of law may eventually be released based on this doctors malfeasance.

There is plenty of blame to go around. The prosecutors are guilty of prosecutorial misconduct and the “good doctor” should have his license revoked.


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