The “James Brown” of the autopsy business: Self Indictment

Radley Balco wrote: How the courts trap people who were convicted by bad forensics

The rejection itself was nothing new. Despite Hayne’s impossible workload (over about 20 years he performed on average 1,200 to 1,800 autopsies per year, by his own admission), his lack of board certification, and the fact that he has on multiple occasions given testimony that other medical examiners have said ranged from implausible to malpractice, to date no court has rejected Hayne as an expert witness.

These number just made me stop.  Wha….what?  [where is my calculator] Okay:

I will use the Hayne’s low estimate of 1200 autopsies per year.

Hayne is in private practice and we will assume that he works every single day of the year [365].  No travel to testify, no days off for family, sickness, or vacation.

This means that Hayne does 3.2 autopsies per day.  Every   day   of   the   year.

How long does a forensic autopsy take: 2 to 4 hours.

“A typical forensic autopsy takes approximately 2-4 hours but may require additional time to complete these special tests.  If these tests are needed, the death certificate will be issued with “PENDING” as the cause of death while the Medical Examiner obtains the test results. “

So, we get: 365 days @ 3.2 /day

  • autopsy time (low) = 2 hours ; 6.4 hours
  • autopsy time (high)=4 hours: 12.8 hours
  • autopsy time (avg) = 3 hours:  9.6 hours

Just for the physical examination and specimens taken for lab testing.  Is the exam done?  NO.  For government work, nothing has happened until the paperwork is filled out.  How long does that take?  Well for just one [implied] autopsy–“takes up the rest of the day”

How long is the rest of the day?  We will use the average time (3 hours) for the exam then 4 hours [govt working hours] to write the notes and opinion for 1 autopsy.  We do not know how long Hayne claims to works per day.  We will assume he is a ‘speed-writer’.  Also, being self-employed Hayne has the luxury of working as many hours a day as he likes [guess what–he will need all the hours he can get].

Adding up the autopsy exam and the paperwork; in Hayne’s case we get (4 hours/paperwork x 3.2= 12.8 hours)
  • 2 hours x 3.2:    6.4 h + 12.8 = 19.2 Hour per Day (Low, required)
  • 4 hours x 3.2:  12.8 h + 12.8 = 25.6 Hour per Day (High, required)
  • 3 hours x 3.2:    9.6 h + 12.8 = 22.4 Hour per Day (Avg, required)

This is the time required if he works 24/7.  No travel, or time off, eat, drink, sleep, piss right at the lab.  Between 19 to 22 hours per day.

If he should happen to work an average number of days per year (260) the hours required begin to create their own physics:

@ 260 us work days =4.6 autopsies per day

  • autopsy time (low) = 2 hours ; 9.2 hours
  • autopsy time (high)=4 hours:  18.4 hours
  • autopsy time (avg) = 3 hours:  13.8 hours

Add in the paperwork (4.6 autopsy x 4 hours = 18.4):

  • 2 hours x 4.6:   9.2 h + 18.4 = 27.6 Hour per Day (Low, required)
  • 4 hours x 4.6:  18.4 h + 18.4 = 36.8 Hour per Day (High, required)
  • 3 hours x 4.6: 13.8 h + 18.4 = 32.2 Hour per Day (Avg, required)

Ladies and gentlemen, judge and jury, I present to you:

“The hardest working man in autopsy business.”

Maybe his laboratory is near a black hole?

via How the courts trap people who were convicted by bad forensics – The Washington Post.