Opening Statement Essay

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Ladies and gentleman of the jury, this is a case about lost dreams. Alex Cooper had a dream. As a junior at Clearwater Regional High School, Alex Cooper dreamed of playing basketball professionally. In fact, he was already being heavily recruited by several division one coaches to play basketball in college. On October 5th, 2012, right here in Clearwater, Wisconsin, Alex was brutally awakened from his dream. It started off as a normal day in Clearwater. The sun was shining bright, the leaves were starting to change colors, and the crisp early-October air carried with it the promise of an exciting new school year. Unbeknownst to Alex Cooper, the air also carried with it the promise of a lost dream, because on October 5th, 2012, Alex Cooper lost his right leg due to the negligence of a distracted teen driver. Gone were Alex Cooper’s dreams of playing college basketball. Gone were the dreams of living a normal life. On October 5th, 2012, Alex Cooper lost a piece of himself.
The night of the accident, Alex Cooper was at Clearwater Regional High School’s big fall football game. As the star of the basketball team, Alex knew that it was important to support other sports. Mid-game, he left with his best friend A.J. It was a chilly night, so the maroon and black of the school sweatshirts Alex and A.J. wore helped to keep them warm, as well as show their support for their school. Using a short cut through the woods, both Alex and A.J wore hoods to protect themselves from the burs in the forest. A.J stayed back in the forest, and Alex looked both ways before walking into Nash Street. This was not an unusual occurrence, because Nash Street is a common place for kids to cross the street. The 35 mile per hour speed limit helps to assure the safety of children. Unfortunately, it did not assure the safety of all children. It was at this moment that Alex Cooper was struck by a speeding Lincoln Town Car, cracking two of his ribs, puncturing his lung, and causing swelling in his brain, all contributing to a three-week long coma. It was at this moment that Alex Cooper’s life changed forever.
Today, we will meet the burden of proof in this case. That means that we will prove beyond a reasonable doubt that defendant Taylor Hamilton was negligent, and that his/her negligence was a cause of Alex Cooper’s injuries and damages. We intend to prove that Taylor Hamilton acted recklessly, and a combination of...

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