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- Published: 29 June 2014
If wrongful convictions and the death penalty concern you, Anatomy of Injustice – A Murder Case Gone Wrong is required reading. Author Raymond Bonner displays gifted storytelling and keen insight into the frailties of the U.S. criminal justice system. He uses the wrongful conviction and capital case of Edward Lee Elmore to do so.
The setting is South Carolina.
Edward Lee Elmore – a black man with limited mental capacity – was convicted in 1982 of the murder of Dorothy Lee Edwards, a well-to-do white woman. After three trials, Elmore’s conviction was upheld and he was sentenced to death.
In many ways Edward Elmore’s story is a classic case of wrongful conviction. It involves the usual factors – poor defense counsel, lousy police investigation, snitch testimony, and prosecutorial misconduct. The injustice dealt Mr. Elmore was facilitated by a climate of racial prejudice. And the condemned man’s only hope was defense attorney Diana Holt, who wrestled with personal demons as she doggedly fought for justice in America’s courts.
- Published: 18 January 2014
- Published: 15 October 2012
- Published: 23 November 2011
Brandon Garrett, a professor at the University of Virginia Law School, has worked closely with the Innocence Project and has published law journal articles on pieces of the wrongful conviction puzzle. He has drawn on his unparalleled knowledge of these cases to provide an information-packed and often eye-opening account of what went wrong. Along the way he lists simple statistics (counts and percentages) that help one understand the proportionate size of the issue at hand. The big question he asks is: Do the relatively few wrongful convictions described in the book reflect systematic failures that run through every state and local criminal justice system?
- Published: 08 April 2009
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