Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong
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 Injustice "will be a vital contribution to our nation's ongoing, increasingly vehement debate about justice and inequality.
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Review: Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone WrongUser Review - Kari Mccrory - Goodreads
This was a fabulous book. I appreciated the author's ability to share Elmore's story in understandable prose that will be clear to most readers. This is a true story of a black man sentenced to death ... Read full review
Review: Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone WrongUser Review - Carol C - Goodreads
Maybe really 4.5- 5. I knew how this book would conclude - Mr. Elmore and Ms. Holt will be speaking at Trinity University next month but, damn nation, it was truly maddening to read about trial after ... Read full review
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