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Mentally unstable convict to get hearing

2012-03-02 18:02

Columbia - A mentally disabled man who spent nearly 30 years on South Carolina's death row is getting a bail hearing because of a single strand of hair.

The hair does not exonerate Edward Lee Elmore in the stabbing death of a widow he worked for. But it has raised enough doubt to win him a new trial and a bail hearing on Friday.

That raises the possibility that he could leave prison after three decades. His sentence has already been overturned three times on appeals, including a reduction from death to life in prison.

Elmore was convicted of killing Dorothy Edwards in 1982. Her body was found in a closet in her home, stabbed 52 times.

Elmore faces murder and sexual assault charges.

Comments
  • nico.vanhuyssteen - 2012-03-02 18:32

    Funny....... No comments on this post.... so far? Is USA's criminnal justice system so far elevated above our own (RSA's)that we don't question the fact that an (innocent) man could have been executed 30 years ago without any questions asked? Or is it because he is just another n----er?

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 18:42

      It's not news really as the US routinely executes it children and the mentally deranged. Huge prison populations are a business in America hence a person can serve up to 5 years for smoking a joint of the green herb. This is what happens when everything about a country is done in the pursuit of profits, be it prisons or wars. The US is exceptional indeed.

      Michael - 2012-03-02 18:43

      nice try troll

      Fred - 2012-03-02 18:44

      The core goal of the criminal justice system, that of punishment, is the problem, wherever this system exists.

      Fidel - 2012-03-02 22:10

      No amount of childish bluster about trolls can obscure the fact the "land of the free" lead the world in incarceration? Why does the US send so many people to prison in the first place? Why are sentences eight times longer than those in Europe? It's called "capitalism" and it is spelled Prison Inc. How can privatisation of American prison's possibly provide any profit to the shareholders if you don't stuff the prisons with Negroes and Hispanics? And what better way to spend the tax payer's money than to hand it over to crooked greedy private American companies, who cycle this back to greedy politicians in the form of donations.

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