Mississippi to Hire First Medical Examiner in 15 Years

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

That's according to Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson, who also says he's hopeful at least two other associate pathologists will soon be on board to help handle the state's autopsy cases.

The action comes as Mississippi's ends its contract Friday with a Tennessee-based company that had been performing autopsies for the state.

Simpson says Global Forensics exercised an option to get out of the contract.

In 2008, the state terminated its contract with Dr. Steven Hayne, the pathologist who came under fire for his work in several criminal cases, including two that led to the exoneration of two men.


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  • by Peabody Location: Zero on Oct 15, 2010 at 02:10 AM
    Another case in why we are at the bottom of everything good,and at the top in stupidity. How many crimes were committed because Leo's knew who to arrest but waiting on results they couldn't get?
  • by Shelly Location: Meridian on Oct 14, 2010 at 08:52 AM
    Facts: Gov. Haley Barbour signed into law that the State Medical Examiner of MS must be board certified....there is a shortage in MS for Board certified physicians. Also, the former Examiner was doing the job of 5 or 6 pathologists but was not Board Certified. THe company out of TN who doing the majority of the autopsies, as a part of their contract in MS, was supposed to be helping in the search of a new Examiner. Hopefully the salary was considerably raised to attract someone to MS knowing they will be working long hours without alot of help.
  • by Just wondering on Oct 13, 2010 at 08:19 AM
    So does that mean that Mississippi has been spending money for out of state services for 15 years that could have been kept within the state of Mississippi?
  • by Guy South of I-20 on Oct 12, 2010 at 07:11 PM
    I read in some poll somewhere that Kentucky was the worst run state in the nation. Apparently they didn't visit Mississippi. This just underscores why Mississippi is the laughing stock of the nation (well, this and the "art" on the side of the Pop-A-Top "country club").
  • by Guy South of I-20 Location: Meridian on Oct 12, 2010 at 04:07 PM
    Isn't this a little stupid not to have a medical examiner for 15 years, and to have to rely on other people from other locations to do the work for us? This is worse than poor planning; this is total disregard for the public interest. What is wrong with the state of Mississippi?
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