Criminal Justice

Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed Against Hayne, West

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Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against embattled Mississippi forensic experts Michael West and Steven Hayne. In cases just two years apart, Brooks and Brewer were each convicted of raping and murdering the young daughters of their girlfriends, almost entirely due to the bite mark testimony Hayne and West gave at trial.

Between them, the two men served more than 30 years in prison. Brewer spent most of his time on death row. Both were released last year after a check of the state's DNA database matched a man named Justin Albert Johnson. Johnson then confessed to both crimes.

My prior reporting on Hayne and West here.