In Steven Hayne and Michael West, the legal system has two prolific “expert” witnesses who have testified in thousands of cases, despite troubling and persistent questions about their credibility. The two are now implicated in creating and endorsing manufactured evidence in a capital murder case. How seriously officials in Louisiana and Mississippi take these allegations will go a long way toward showing whether there are more fundamental flaws in either or both states’ commitment to justice and fairness.
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