The unfortunately speakable Dr. Michael West takes the stage. His protector, Attorney General Jim Hood and the MS Supremes still need him to bolster this death penalty vs forensic science reform case of Eddie Lee Howard. The MS Innocence project is also fighting West’s “truth” with exculpatory (not according to Hood) post conviction DNA.
In an April deposition for a Mississippi death penalty case involving defendant Eddie Lee Howard, Michael West was asked to testify about his expert opinion provided in a trial more than two decades ago. West frequently refused to answer questions and simply answered that he stands by his previous testimony. Defense attorney and Director of Strategic Litigation for the Innocence Project Chris Fabricant gave West many opportunities to review his previous testimony, but West refused to do so. Throughout the heated deposition, West used profanity and called Fabricant a “sociopath” among other insults. The case is one of many in which the West testified as an expert witness and is now under review for claims of actual innocence and misleading forensic science testimony. A telling exchange in the deposition reveals West’s attitude toward these questionable cases:
Q. I know that you know Vincent Di Maio, right?
Q. And you testified…
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