Radley Balko wins the internet: farewell, Steven Hayne

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It looks like Dr. Steven Hayne, the shockingly incompetent Mississippi medical examiner that Radley Balko exposed in a 2007 article, has finally been fired.  I don't know whether to celebrate a small ray of justice in the world, or sob in shame that it took an American state this long to remove a medical examiner who was clearly putting innocent people in jail.  The good news is that I expect that this means that some of his innocent victims will finally have their cases set aside.

Of course, so will a lot of guilty people, which is why law and order types (among whose number I occasionally count myself) should be even more upset at this sort of breach than the folks at IJ.

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Megan McArdle is a columnist at Bloomberg View and a former senior editor at The Atlantic. Her new book is The Up Side of Down.

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