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The patients are still calculating what the pain the nurse caused cost them. Now a court will decide what it will cost her.
After entering a guilty plea, the nurse arrives in a courtroom in downtown New Haven, Connecticut, to receive her sentence. She faces a maximum of just over five years in prison.
Some patients choose to attend the hearing. Alicia is one of them. In her work, she met many patients with addiction, and she begins to understand the nurse. But during the hearing, Allicia will learn something about the nurse that she cannot forgive.
The judge begins the hearing by announcing that she has not yet made a decision on the nurse’s sentence. And she really hasn’t. As the judge works toward a verdict, she takes on questions of trust, betrayal, and intent, and she weighs the harms the nurse has caused to the patients against the harms that will come to the nurse’s children if she is sent to prison.
After emotional testimony from victims, the judge rules. She gives the nurse a sentence no one saw coming.
Behind the Series
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About the Music
Carla Pallone is a composer based in France. After classical training as a violinist, she performed in the groups Mansfield.TYA and VACΛRME. She now composes music for cinema and theatre, and has written music for films including “La Fille au Bracelet”, “Libre Garance!” and “Midnight Skin”.
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Reported, produced and hosted by Susan Burton
Produced and edited by Laura Starcheski
Managing Editor, Serial Productions Julie Snyder
Supervising Producer, Series Productions Ndeye Thioubou
Music supervision and sound design by Phoebe Wang
Original sheet music by Carla Pallone
Music mixing of Thomas Poli at Impersonal Freedom
Research and fact-checking of Ben Phelan and Caitlin Love
Standard Editor Susan Wessling
Legal review of Dana Green
Art direction of Pablo Delcan
Further editing of Katie Mingle and Ira Glass
Additional production of Michelle Navarro
Deputy Managing Editor Sam Dolnick
Producing help from Jeffrey Miranda, Kelly Doe, Renan Borelli, Desiree Ibekwe and Anisha Muni
Special thanks to Erik Tanner, Pierre Cattoni, Lee Riffaterre, Katie Fuchs, Jordan Cohen, Victoria Kim, Jason Fujikuni, Kimmy Tsai, Ashka Gami, Nina Lassam, Jon McNally, Krystal Plomatos and Sam Posner.