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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

Written by Marti Green

Narrated by Tanya Eby


Unintended Consequences

Written by Marti Green

Narrated by Tanya Eby

ratings:
4.5/5 (5 ratings)
Length:
8 hours
Released:
Jan 28, 2014
ISBN:
9781480585430
Format:
Audiobook

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Nineteen years ago, Indiana police found the body of a young girl, burned beyond recognition and buried in the woods. They arrested George Calhoun for murdering his daughter, and his wife testified against him at the trial. George maintains he didn't do it. That the body isn't his little Angelina. But that's all he's ever said-no other defense, no other explanation. The jury convicted him. Now his appeals have been exhausted, and his execution is just six weeks away.

Dani Trumball, an attorney for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project, wants to believe him. After all, there was no forensic evidence to prove that the body in the woods was George's daughter. But if the girl isn't Angelina, then who is it? And what happened to the Calhouns' missing daughter? Despite the odds, the questions push Dani to take the case.

For nineteen years, George Calhoun has stayed silent. But he's ready to talk, and if the story he tells Dani is true, it changes everything.

Released:
Jan 28, 2014
ISBN:
9781480585430
Format:
Audiobook


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    I stayed up until 2 AM to finish UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES, that’s how engrossing it wasDani Trumball worked as a lawyer for the Help Innocent Prisoners Project in New York City. While her job was preparing cases and presenting them in court, a letter from a man sentenced to be executed in six weeks in Indiana grabbed her attention. It read, “I loved my little girl and only wanted to help her....Maybe I deserve to die, but it’s not because I killed my little girl.”George Cahoun was sentenced to death seventeen years earlier after his four-year-old daughter, Angelina, disappeared and the badly burned body of a three or four-year-old girl was found buried in a forest. A witness saw a man going into the woods carrying a large package. George’s wife, Sallie, testified against him and said they both killed her. She was serving a 25 to life sentence in another prison in Indiana. They had had no contact over the years.Dani was given the job of determining whether George was actually innocent or if he was just claiming to be to get out of prison. If he was innocent, she had only six weeks to find a cause for retrial or reversal. She and her team checked records, spoke to the Calhouns and many others involved in the case and she decided he was indeed innocent. She used two major paths to stay the execution: Showing that his lawyer did not do his job properly and that the child in the grave was not his daughter.One of the major obstacles was finding out what happened to Angelina. I don’t want to spoil the story so I will just say the problem has not disappeared though there are programs in place to make it less likely today.The book introduced me to two new pieces of information: Williams Syndrom, a rare genetic disorder and Martindale Hubbell, a site that provides ratings on lawyers throughout the country.The story, predictably, had Dani running into a lot of frustration as her appeals were rejected and she tried to find out what happened to Angelina: Was hers the child in the grave? If not, who was that child? What happened to Angelina: On the whole, the situations are plausible and the plot moves forward at a quick pace. At the end, all the loose ends are tied up I found one bit of snobbery Marti Green’s writing: “She hated country music, which inevitably was the only music she could find on the dial outside New York.” Dani was traveling in Indiana and other states in the upper Midwest. There are a lot of radio stations that play rock and roll, blues, jazz, and classical music in that area. This book was a free Amazon Kindle download.