Steven Hayne

Mississippi County Wants To Rehire Dr. Steven Hayne


Hayne is the medical examiner who was fired by the state last summer after continuing questions about his independence and credibility—questions first exposed by Reason in my November 2007 feature.

Now one Mississippi county wants to rehire him:

With no medical examiner or pathologist at the top of the state's food chain, Attala County Coroner Sam Bell asked the Attala County Board of Supervisors to consider hiring Dr. Steve Hayne as the county's pathologist.

Bell said Hayne had been hired by 38 other counties and he wanted Attala County to be the 39th. He said it would be at no additional cost to the county.

For years, many counties had relied on Dr. Steve Hayne to do autopsies. But in August, Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson removed Hayne from a list of approved pathologists.

The state has contracted with Forensic Medical Inc. of Nashville to conduct autopsies here. The company is paid $1,000 per autopsy.

Bell said with the Nashville company, there is a three to four month turnaround to getting the autopsies.

The company rotates a pathologist every week to perform autopsies in Mississippi. The pathologist works out of the medical examiner's office at the state Crime Lab.

Bell added that the company's reports are also not has extensive as the reports were from Hayne. He said District Attorney Doug Evans' office was in favor of using Hayne.

I'm sure he is, given Hayne's reputation as a rubber stamp for prosecutors.

Hayne's typical turnaround time on an autopsy report was actually 6-7 months, though if there was a homicide that might require his testimony, he could get it all done quite a bit more quickly. When he was fired by the state last summer, he had a backlog of some 600 cases.

Meanwhile, it's been more than a year now, and the state still has not hired a state medical examiner, a position that's required by state law, but has been vacant for 14 years. Despite the apparent complaints from Attala County, according to the Clarion-Ledger article, most of the state's coroners and district attorneys thus far have had no complaints about the private firm in Nashville that has been handling Hayne's workload.

Browse my prior reporting on Hayne and Mississipi's broken forensics system here.

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  1. FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFuuuuuuuuuuuuuucccccccccccccccckkkkkkkkkkkkkk!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can’t wait to leave this damn state!

  2. Yes, flee to the bastion of enlightened reason that is Savannah.

  3. Proverbs 26:11

    As a dog returneth to his vomit,so a fool returneth to his folly.

  4. I feel ya Naga. How Stupid is MS!

  5. SugarFree,

    Oh that already got killed. I’m stuck in Biloxi for another two years . . . (sigh). I gave it a damn good try but South University wasn’t having it. They are on the 4.5 credit hour per quarter system and USM is on the 3 credit hour per semester system. They were gonna accept all my classes but they wanted to make me take up that 1.5 hour difference. I thought it was a bitch move on their part.

  6. Total bitch move.

  7. SugarFree,

    Why do I have this suspicion you’re gonna use that phrase at home now?

  8. I prefer “Dick move!” in The Monarch’s voice from “Showdown at Cremation Creek.”

  9. I really need to buy those DVD’s someday.

  10. I thought it was a bitch move on their part.

    I prefer “Dick move!”

    Mississippi move.

  11. “Mississippi County Wants To Rehire Dr. Steven Hayne”

    Is this what the stimulus money is being used for?

  12. I’ve long said what we should do with our nation’s “Mississippi Problem.”

    Ring Mexico’s doorbell, put Mississippi on its doorstep, and run. Hide behind Alabama and watch Mexico stomp on it and get it all over its shoes!

  13. Xeones,

    You may be onto something.


    Negative. We’re the US of fucking A, my friend. We take territory. We don’t give it away.

  14. MNG, that was extra funny. thanks

  15. Isn’t $1000 way too cheap for an autopsy? That can’t be right.

    Also, can’t you kids use text messages, or email, or AIM?… some way of communicating with each other that doesn’t clutter up a public forum. Please.

  16. Joe_D,


  17. So, Bell wants to hire a known incompetent who always supports the prosecution?

    I think that’s a slam dunk for any defendant in Bell’s county who wants a change of venue.


  18. You can keep the south. I say we build one big fat border along that Bible belt. >:)

  19. MNG,
    You forgot to mention we’ll need to set Mississippi on fire.

    It’s even funnier if you play the Mexican Hat Dance while Mexico is stomping around trying to get flaming Mississippi off it’s shoes.

  20. Let’s drag Lonewacker to MS before we give it to Mexico, though.

  21. I think that’s a slam dunk for any defendant in Bell’s county who wants a change of venue.

    Nah. The judge has to let that charlatan testify in the first place. Any judge who will let him testify will refuse your change of venue.

  22. If only Mississippi had ethical prosecutors, like they have in New York.

  23. Has Hayne, to date, had the balls to respond directly to Radley?

  24. I could be wrong, but I thought I read that Mississippi has the largest incarceration rate per capita than any other state.

    The upside, the firing of Dr. Quackspert may help to alleviate the prison overcrowding problem.

  25. the company’s reports are also not has extensive as the reports were from Hayne

    I’d consider that a feature, not a bug.

    As in, “just the facts, ma’am.” Of course Hayne’s reports were extensive. Making shit up comes real easy, after all.

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