Anatomy of Injustice

Anatomy of Injustice

A Murder Case Gone Wrong

Book - 2012
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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307700216
0307700216
Branch Call Number: 345.757 BONNER
Characteristics: xv, 298 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 22 cm

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NYPLRecommends Sep 04, 2014

NYPL Staff Pick
"What would happen if you were a young black man in the wrong place at the wrong time when a 76 year-old white, middle-class widow has just been murdered in a sleepy South Carolina town?

Raymond Bonner tells a chilling tale of racism, inept lawyers and a town afraid to admit to mistakes in this saga of one lawyer's efforts to bring justice to a case gone horribly wrong. A thoughtful and frightening tale of our legal system and capital punishment. "
Maura Muller, Volunteers Office

patienceandfortitude May 30, 2014

This book raises real doubts about how just the Justice System really is. It makes an incredibly strong case against Capital Punishment and explains how the innocent can wind up executed by the state. Heaven help us.

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