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 trialjury selection, the role of the lawyers and judge, the appeal processand 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.
About The Author:
RAYMOND BONNER earned his JD from Stanford and subsequently worked for Ralph Nader's Public Citizen Litigation Group and the San Francisco District Attorney's Office. In the course of his career as a journalist, he has been a foreign correspondent for The New York Times, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize, and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He is also the recipient of the Overseas Press Club Award and the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. His previous books include Weakness and Deceit: U.S. Policy and El Salvador.
|Book:||Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong|
|Number of Pages:||336|
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