The Clarion-Ledger, 8/6/8

A day after barring county coroners from using Dr. Steven Hayne to perform autopsies, Mississippi’s public safety commissioner said he hopes to hire a state medical examiner in six months and the embattled pathologist could apply.

“He’s performed a valuable service,” Commissioner Steve Simpson said of Hayne during a Tuesday news conference.

Hinds County Assistant Public Defender Matthew Eichelberger disputed Simpson’s statement about Hayne.

“I’m sure Levon Brooks, Kennedy Brewer, Yolanda Williams, Corey Maye, Tyler Edmonds and Brett Jones would disagree,” he said, referring to cases in which Hayne’s conclusions have been challenged.