Friday, May 22, 2015
Anatomy of Injustice: A Murder Case Gone Wrong
A special evening with Phil Bronstein's interview of OneJustice co-founder and Pulitzer Prize-winner Raymond Bonner about his new book.
Friday March 9, 2012
6:00pm to 8:00pm
595 Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
A portion of the proceeds from all book sales this evening supported OneJustice's work to ensure access to justice for Californians in need.
"Anatomy of Injustice" brings us the gripping story of a grievously mishandled murder case that put a twenty-three-year-old man on death row. Edward Lee Elmore, a semiliterate, mentally retarded black man, had been on death row for eleven years when a young attorney named Diana Holt first learned of his case. It was a textbook example of what can go wrong in the American justice system: incompetent court-appointed defense attorneys, a virulent prosecution, and both misplaced and contaminated evidence. The case was the cause of a lifetime for the spirited, hardworking lawyer, who began a long campaign to prove Elmore’s innocence. Moving, enraging, suspenseful, and enlightening, Anatomy of Injustice is a vital contribution to our nation’s increasingly important debate about inequality and the death penalty.
Raymond Bonner received his B.A. from MacMurray College in 1964, graduating magna cum laude, before earning his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1967. In his law career, he served in the Judge Advocate General’s office in the Marine Corps, as a defense counsel and prosecutor in scores of courts-martial, and then as director of the Consumer Fraud/White Collar Crime Section of the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. In 1979, he co-founded OneJustice (then the Public Interest Clearinghouse) with Trina Ostrander.
Working as a journalist since 1980, Bonner has been an investigative reporter and foreign correspondent for The New York Times and a staff writer at The New Yorker. He has lived on every continent (except Antarctica) and reported from more than a hundred countries.
Phil Bronstein began his career in San Francisco as a reporter and editor at the Jewish Bulletin, then moved on to reporting duties with KQED-TV and the San Francisco Examiner. Specializing in investigative projects and foreign correspondence, he was a 1986 Pulitzer Prize finalist for his work in the Philippines, and went on to cover conflicts in other parts of Southeast Asia, El Salvador, Peru and the Middle East.
He was named executive editor of the Examiner in 1991, having previously served as managing editor for news. When the Examiner and the San Francisco Chronicle merged in November, 2000, he was named senior vice president and executive editor of the paper, and became executive vice president and editor of the Chronicle in March 2003. In February, 2008, Phil was named executive vice president and Editor at Large of the Chronicle. In January 2012, he left the Chronicle in order to assume a larger role for the nonprofit Center for Investigative Reporting in Berkeley, where he is president of the board.