Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2012 - True Crime - 298 pages
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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 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 Wrong

User 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 Wrong

User 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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CH PTER ONE Greenwood South Carolina I982
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CHPTF R TWO Speedy Trial
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CIIAPTIZR roun Diana
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CliAPIElt SEVEN The Search for Item T
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CH llIR NINE Ono Hair
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Epilogue
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About the author (2012)

Raymond Bonner practiced law for a decade and taught at the University of California, Davis, School of Law. He later became an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times, where he was a member of a Pulitzer Prize–winning team in 1999, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has also written for The Economist and The New York Review of Books, and blogs at the Daily Beast and theatlantic.com. He is the author of Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador, which received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award; Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy, which received the Cornelius Ryan Award from the Overseas Press Club and the Hillman Prize for Book Journalism; and At the Hand of Man: Peril and Hope for Africa's Wildlife. He lives in London.

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