Manufactured Guilt in Louisiana?
February 19, 2009 2:45 PM Subscribe
), a journalist for reason
magazine and writer of theagitator.com
blog, published a startling story at reason online today
(warning: disturbing photos and video) that convincingly suggests that the embattled doctors Steven Hayne and Michael West may have engaged in criminal evidence tampering that supported a capital murder conviction in the death of a 23 month old girl in Louisiana. Jimmie Duncan, the defendant, currently sits on death row.
Hayne and West’s findings against Duncan were similar to those against Levon Brooks and Kennedy Brewer
, two men who were convicted in Mississippi based on bite mark analysis but freed (largely thanks to the Innocence Project
) on DNA evidence. In each case, West matched bite marks on a victim’s body – which were “discovered” by Hayne after they went unnoticed by other persons exposed to the victim – to the defendant. The bite marks were then used to support a murder conviction.
Radley’s previous work exposing Dr. Hayne
was a driver of the state of Mississippi removing him last summer from the list of doctors
authorized to perform autopsies in the state. Radley’s work – on prosecution of doctors
, ”puppycide” by raiding police
, the rise of SWAT teams
, a look at an anti-capitalist protest in DC
, and the sad case of Cory Maye
- has been featured on Metafilter before.