Saturday, February 16, 2013

Jeff Havard: (Mississippi). Death row inmate among many challenging pathologist Steven Hayne's findings. WAPT News asks "Who's accountable?"

STORY: "Death row inmate among many challenging pathologist's findings" Hayne subject of legal fight' Hayne defends record as (Mississippi) state  pathologist," published by WAPT  NEWS  on February 8, 2013.

GIST:   "Time is running out for Jeff Havard, who is sitting on death row convicted of
murder.  But now, the man who helped put him there is under fire. "I'm not one to usually use the language, but it's pure hell knowing that unless something comes about, that he could by laying there, you know, and put to death for something that didn't happen," said his Havard's mother, Cheryl Havard Harrell......... Former state Supreme Court Justice Oliver Diaz said Hayne's testimony that Havard shook the baby to death went unchallenged because the public defender couldn't afford a second exam. "He was denied the use of his own expert in that case, but they allowed the state to proffer Dr. Hayne as an expert for the state," said Diaz, who served on the Mississippi Supreme Court from 2000 to 2008. Diaz was one of two justices who voted to throw out Havard's conviction in a 2006 appeal. But in the end, the majority of the high court upheld the death sentence."

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