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At a minimum, Dr. DiMaio says, Mississippi should require that any medical examiner doing criminal autopsies meet the minimum professional standards outlined by NAME. That's a start. But Mississippi also needs to begin undoing the damage the current system has created. Unfortunately, that may mean revisiting what could be thousands of cases over the years in which Dr. Hayne and others like him have testified.
Radley Balko is a senior editor for reason. This article orginally appeared in the Jackson Clarion-Ledger.