Thebook that helped free an innocent man who had spent twenty-seven years on death row.In January 1982, an elderly white widow was found brutally murdered in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. Police immediately arrested Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black man with no previous felony record. His only connection to the victim was having cleaned her gutters and windows, but barely ninety days after the victims body was found, he was tried, convicted, and sentenced to death.Elmore had been on death row for eleven years when a young attorney named Diana Holt first learned of his case. After attending the University of Texas School of Law, Holt was eager to help the disenfranchised and voiceless; she herself had been a childhood victim of abuse. It required little scrutiny for Holt to discern that Elmores caseplagued by incompetent court-appointed defense attorneys, a virulent prosecution, and both misplaced and contaminated evidencereeked of injustice. It was the cause of a lifetime for the spirited, hardworking lawyer. Holt would spend more than a decade fighting on Elmores behalf.With the exemplary moral commitment and tenacious investigation that have distinguished his reporting career, Bonner follows Holts battle to save Elmores life and shows us how his case is a textbook example of what can go wrong in the American justice system. He reviews police work, evidence gathering, jury selection, work of court-appointed lawyers, latitude of judges, iniquities in the law, prison informants, and the appeals process. Throughout, the actions and motivations of both unlikely heroes and shameful villains in our justice system are vividly revealed. Moving, suspenseful, and enlightening, Anatomy of Injustice is a vital contribution to our nations ongoing, increasingly important debate about inequality and the death penalty.From the Hardcover edition....
|Title||:||Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong|
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Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong Reviews
I enjoyed this book. It’s very straight forward, journalist style reporting. I felt like I knew what would happen next and that there was nothing new about this story except the details of this case. It’s really frustrating to see the way our system works. It’s a solid book.
In these days, when police brutality, inequality, and reactions to them are tearing our country apart, this book is especially relevant. The focus is the courts, not the police, but in telling the story of the miscarriage of justice perpetrated against Edward Elmore, a retarded African American man convicted of the murder of his employer, it exposes some of the corruption and prejudice in law enforcement as a whole. “Anatomy” is an apt word for the title because the author dissects the evidence ...more
I remember sitting in school in 7th grade, counting down the seconds to the execution of Caryl Chessman. I was not one of those who cheered when the clock struck the hour. I think even at that age, I was uncomfortable with the whole idea of the state killing someone. Today I’m against capital punishment for most situations, partly because I’m come to realize how incompetent the state and justice system usually are and that most punishment in this country, at least, has less to do with justice th ...more
I initially chose this book because I like true crime, but was ecstatic when I realized it was based in my home state of SC. Throughout the book I became embarrassed to be a white person from this southern state. No more on that as to not spoil anything for other readers. This book taught me a lot about our justice system, past and present. The story kept my interest all the way to the end. A good read for all true crime lovers.
A little anti-climatic at the end, but you can't make what actually happened anymore exciting than it really is. I enjoyed reading about Elmore's case, but it felt a little drug out and repetitive towards the end. I would have loved to get more from Elmore's point of view and, though the different backgrounds on participants and cases were interesting and at times helpful, sometimes they bogged the story down. It's too bad the justice system is as corrupt as it is; this book clearly illustrates ...more
Upon starting this book, I felt a memory tug. I couldn't quite put a handle on it, but then it came to me. it was this case that lost me a job i really didn't care about having, it was just the best of not so many good ones, and sent me to Europe and several life altering events. (See short-story at end of review.)
The book, however, besides being an excellent rendition of a woman's passion and obsession, i guess, is a great example of why I am and always have been, and why should be if you're al ...more
Fascinating and easy for a layperson to understand, this book traces the death penalty case of Edward Lee Elmore. The author provides a detailed look at not only this specific case, but at the inner workings of the legal system.
I rate a book 5 stars when it gives me something to think about and something to Google. This should really get more than 5 stars because it changed lives. It is the story of the prejudice, corruption and incompetence rampant in the deep south 40 years ago. A poor, retarded, black handyman was sentenced to death after an elderly white woman was murdered. There was no real evidence and no motive. But the community was eager for a conviction and he had cleaned her gutters leaving fingerprints behi ...more