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Opening Statements: Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, my name is Ryssa Ezykowsky, and along with Mackenzie Markle, we represent the State of New Columbia in this case. The State of New Columbia has brought charges on Chris Archer for Criminal Homicide and Criminal Hazing. The prosecution contends that Chris Archer is responsible for the death of Milan Jackson. Milan Jackson was a freshman at Columbus University, and just like many young college students, she wanted to join a fraternity or a sorority. She was particularly interested in the Phi Gammas, a co-ed Fraternity. Her particular interest in the Gammas came because her favorite aunt was also a Gamma. In order to join a fraternity or sorority you have to engage in activities that show you are worthy of their acceptance into that organization. These activities are called “pledging”. When Milan decided to pledge the Phi Gammas, she was subjected to numerous acts of Hazing. You will hear from Pat Smith, Milan’s friend and fellow pledgemate. She will tell you how they were

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