Your day started out just like every other day. You go through your typical daily routine. Over a cup of coffee, you check the headlines for the latest news. A plane has crashed leaving no survivors while expectant loved ones morn them when they learn of the tragedy. The president tweeted something outlandish once again that makes you scratch your head that has drawn him yet another heavy dose of criticism. Some famous Hollywood actor or producer has been accused of groping an up and coming starlet who is suing him for a small fortune. A priest has been excommunicated after years of sexual abuse that the diocese claimed to not know about and tried to sweep it under the carpet. A crazed husband commits a murder-suicide after being served with divorce papers. You read through your email and reply as necessary.
As the day rolls on, things are pretty predicable. The mail gets delivered. You throw away the junk mail, then you see it. Your heart skips a beat. It’s a letter from the local U.S. Attorney’s Office. It’s addressed to you. You start to shake and your hands tremble as you tear open the envelope and begin to read.
Dear Mr. / Ms. So & So: