Entries tagged with “Jeffrey Havard

Policy Issues

Arbitrariness

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Jan 10, 2013

Mississippi Inmate Faces Execution Despite Questionable Evidence from Overworked Medical Examiner

Jeffrey Havard (pic­tured) is fac­ing exe­cu­tion in Mississippi despite the fact that key evi­dence against him came from a med­ical exam­in­er who has been harsh­ly crit­i­cized by experts in his field. Havard was con­vict­ed of mur­der­ing his girlfriend’s 6‑month-old daugh­ter, based pri­mar­i­ly on the tes­ti­mo­ny of Steven Hayne, a state pathol­o­gist. Dr. Hayne tes­ti­fied he found symp­toms of shak­en baby syn­drome” and sex­u­al abuse on the infant. Recent inves­ti­ga­tions into Hayne’s cre­den­tials indi­cate he had nev­er been cer­ti­fied in foren­sic pathol­o­gy by the American Board of Pathology. He took the…

Policy Issues

Innocence

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Crimes Punishable by Death

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Sep 24, 2018

Questionable Ruling Grants Jeffrey Havard New Sentencing but Not New Trial in Controversial Shaken Baby” Case

Sixteen years after a noto­ri­ous and now-dis­cred­it­ed foren­sic wit­ness told a Mississippi jury that Jeffrey Havard had sex­u­al­ly abused and shak­en his girl­friend’s six-month-old daugh­ter to death, Havard’s death sen­tence — but not his con­vic­tion — has been over­turned. On September 14, 2018, Adams County Circuit Judge Forrest Johnson ruled that state pathol­o­gist Steven Hayne’s recan­ta­tion of his diag­no­sis that infant Chloe Britt had been a vic­tim of Shaken Baby Syndrome was not suf­fi­cient to under­mine this court’s con­fi­dence in the con­vic­tion,” but that there is a cau­tious dis­tur­bance in con­fi­dence of the sentence…