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Anatomy of injustice : a murder case gone wrong

Author: Raymond Bonner
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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:  Read more...
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Named Person: Edward Lee Elmore; Edward Lee Elmore; Edward Lee Elmore
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Raymond Bonner
ISBN: 9780307700216 0307700216
OCLC Number: 729225475
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xv, 298 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Raymond Bonner.

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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.

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