Radley Balko has published on Huffington a huge project on Mississippi’s infamous pathologist Stephen Hayne and his erstwhile sidekick, dentist Michael West.
This timeline, outlining case after case (including some of Hayne’s civil testimony) is devastating and damning. The timeline is a side bar to this account of the solving of the murder of Kathy Mabry, a murder that was solved literally in spite of the opinions of Hayne and West. He notes:
In the Mabry case, West used bite-mark analysis to nab an innocent man for Mabry’s murder. That man spent nearly a year in jail. But the Mabry story also shows that the victims in this scandal include not just the wrongly accused, but the families of the victims, the future victims of the actual perpetrators, public officials like Roseman, and even entire towns.
There are lots of details about Hayne’s adventures over the years:
According to a complaint filed by the Mississippi Innocence Project, one case Hayne included in his report the weight of a man’s spleen, and made comments about its appearance. The problem: The man’s spleen had been removed four years before he died. In an autopsy on a drowned infant, Hayne noted the weight of each of the child’s kidneys, even though one of them had previously been removed. In another murder case, Hayne noted in his report that he had removed and examined the decedent’s ovaries and uterus. The victim was a man.