Drs. Steven Haynes, Michael West sued by Brooks and Brewer

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Two Mississippi men wrongfully sent to prison have filed federal lawsuits against the medical experts whose testimony led to their murder convictions.

Kennedy Brewer and Levon Brooks have filed suit in U.S. District Court in Jackson against dentist Dr. Michael West and Dr. Steven Hayne, a former state pathologist.

The suits seek unspecified damages and contend the actions of Hayne and West were committed with malice and reckless disregard for the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights.

Hayne’s attorney Dale Danks filed a response in federal court on Friday asking that the suits against Hayne be dismissed because the statute of limitations had expired. Danks also said Hayne has immunity under a state law that protects state employees from legal action. West has not filed a response.

The Associated Press, via WDAM 4/3/9