Anatomy Of Injustice Analysis

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Anatomy of Injustice is the story of the homicide indictment of Edward Elmore. The author, Raymond Bonner, displays a convincing argument that the state of South Carolina indicted a guiltless individual when Elmore was sentenced for capital murder and awarded a death sentence in April of 1982. All things considered, the book speaks to an alternate expansion to the accumulation of books specifying wrongful convictions in capital cases (Grisham, 2006; Junkin, 2004; Edds, 2003). Dorothy Edwards was a widow and mainstay of her community in Greenwood, South Carolina. On January 17, 1982, her body was found in the wardrobe of her room by a neighbour, Jimmy Holloway. He had been given a key to her home by Mrs. Edwards. Mrs. Edwards had been wounded…show more content…
One of Elmore's co-counsel, Geddes Anderson, allegedly had a drinking issue. Elmore said that Anderson possessed an aroma similar to liquor each day of trial. Indeed one of the chief police investigators in the case said that Anderson was inebriated all through the trial. The other co-counsel, John Beasley, was well known for his repugnance of diligent work. Thus, Bonner demonstrates that the defence lawyers did not seek advice from any specialists or pathologists. They didn't look for witnesses; didn't converse with any of Mrs. Edwards' neighbours; didn't question Mr. Holloway, who had discovered the body. They didn't even read the police interrogation with the witnesses" (p.49). Additionally there was the omnipresent jailhouse informant. James Gilliam, Jr., was placed in Elmore's cell two prior days the trial and afterward sent a letter to the prosecutor in the case, showing that Elmore had conceded to the homicide in discussions with him. As every so often occurs with jailhouse informants, Gilliam later abnegated his statement. He testified to this in a post-conviction hearing, despite the fact that the judge made it clear to Gilliam that he may be liable to perjury charges
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