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Author Bonner, Raymond

Title Anatomy of injustice : a murder case gone wrong / Raymond Bonner

Publ Info New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition First edition
 CCRI-Prov.  KF225 .E43 B66 2012    AVAILABLE
 J&W-N.Miami  KF225.E43 B66 2012    AVAILABLE
 RIC  KF225.E43 B66 2012    AVAILABLE
 RWU Main Library  KF225.E43 B66 2012    AVAILABLE
Descript xv, 298 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Note Includes index
Contents Rush to Judgment. -- Greenwood, South Carolina, 1982 -- Speedy trial -- Replay -- Innonence 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 -- The search for Item T -- Digging up the past -- One hair -- Digging up the dead -- Bizarre -- Denouement
Note This book is an 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. The author 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. It is a vital contribution to our nation's ongoing, increasingly vehement debate about justice and inequality
LC subject Elmore, Edward Lee -- Trials, litigation, etc
Trials (Murder) -- South Carolina
ISBN 9780307700216 (hbk.)
0307700216 (hbk.)