The Madeleine Brand Show for March 6, 2012

30 years behind bars, then freedom

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Edward Lee Elmore, right, is accompanied by his lead counsel Diana Holt, center, and previous counsel Marta Kahn, during his hearing.

Thirty years ago, a mentally disabled black man named Edward Lee Elmore was convicted of raping and murdering an elderly white woman in Greenwood, South Carolina. He was sentenced to death.

Over the years, he was retried and re-convicted. He was only granted a stay of execution because the Supreme Court had ruled in a separate case that the mentally disabled cannot be executed.

So, it was a surprise on Friday when he walked out of prison a free man. Elmore had spent more than half his life behind bars. His story is told in a new book, “Anatomy of Injustice.” Author Raymond Bonner, a former New York Times reporter and a lawyer himself, joins the show to talk to Madeleine Brand.

Read an excerpt of this book below:



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