Anatomy of Injustice
A Murder Case Gone Wrong
By Raymond Bonner
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307948540, 336pp.)
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
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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 victim's 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. With the exemplary moral commitment and tenacious investigation that have distinguished his reporting career, Bonner follows Holt's battle to save Elmore's life and shows us how his case is a textbook example of what can go wrong in the American justice system. Moving, enraging, suspenseful, and enlightening, "Anatomy of Injustice" is a vital contribution to our nation's ongoing, increasingly important debate about inequality and the death penalty.