Growing up like most kids, I thought my life was normal. It was all I knew. Knowing what I know now, I would have to give it high marks. I was safe, loved and had opportunity.
I took those opportunities, got an education and combined with a reasonable amount of ambition went into a financial career. I enjoyed helping people with their finances. I got married. I had children. My life was family and work, no time for much else. It was all “as it should be”.
With one phone call, everything changed. A federal prosecutor called to advise me that I was the target of a federal investigation due to my administrative position many years prior on a fund management committee. I was stunned.
If only the truth would set me free. Instead, I was charged, convicted, acquitted, re-convicted and sentenced to a crime that I didn’t commit and ….one that never happened. The inner workings of the criminal justice system were disturbing and defied logic. I barely managed to keep up with the twists and turns of the case. When it was all over, I had to figure out how to support the system that failed me. Now is that time.