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Anatomy of Injustice A Murder Case Gone Wrong

ISBN-10: 0307700216

ISBN-13: 9780307700216

Edition: 2012

Authors: Raymond Bonner

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An impassioned and incisive investigation into the many shortcomings of the justice system brought to light in the story of a grievously mishandled murder case in South Carolina that left an innocent man facing execution. At the age of twenty-three, Edward Lee Elmore, a black man, was arrested after the body of a white widow was found, brutally beaten, in the closet of her home. Elmore was an unlikely killer: semiliterate, mentally retarded with a fifth-grade education, gentle and loving with his family. His connection to the victim was minimal, but barely ninety days after the victim's body was found, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death. Raymond Bonner gives us an exhaustive account of the particulars of racism, prosecutorial misconduct, inept defense lawyers, and injustice in Elmore's case, which, the author makes clear, occur in courts throughout America. He carefully examines each stage of the initial trial--jury selection, the role of the lawyers and judge, the appeal process--and introduces us to the spirited young female lawyer who, for two decades, fought to get Elmore a fair trial. Powerfully suspenseful and moving, often enraging,Anatomy of Injusticewill be a vital contribution to our nation's ongoing, increasingly vehement debate about justice and inequality.
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Book details

List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 2/21/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Author's Note
Rush to Judgment
Greenwood, South Carolina, 1982
The Town
The Crime
The Police
The Suspect-Edward Lee Elmore
The Arrest
The Death Penalty
The Prosecutor
Speedy Trial
The Judge
The Defense Lawyers
The Jury
The Opening Statements
The Pathologist
The Girlfriend
Hair on the Bed
The Jailhouse Informant
The Defendant-Edward Lee Elmore
The Prosecutor's Closing Argument
Deliberation on Death
Replay
Innocence Is Not Enough
Diana
The Intern and the Neighbor
Innocence Is Not Enough
The Girlfriend, Revisited
The Jailhouse Informant, Revisited
Dueling Pathologists
Blood, Blue Jeans, Footprints, and Fingerprints
Hair on the Bed, Revisited
Summing Up
"… may well not be guilty"
The Search for Item T
Digging Up the Past
One Hair …
Digging Up the Dead
Bizarre
Denouement
Epilogue
A Note on Sources and Acknowledgments
Index