Membersof the jury,prosecution,goodevening.Membersof the juryeverytime we make a
choice we knowthat there are some assumedrisksandconsequencesfromthe choicesthatwe make.
The choice to have sex has consequencesthatcouldbe deadly. Sandra Williamsthe plaintiff assumed
the risksthat come withhaving unprotectedsexualintercourse withmyclientGreggMasonon May 15,
1990. The reasonwe are here in court todayisbecause insteadof Ms. Williamstakingresponsibilityfor
the consequences of havingunprotectedsexual intercoursewithGreggMason,she istryingto blame
himfor the whole thing.That,membersof the jury,isnotright.She was notforcedintohavingsex with
Mr. Mason.She wasa consentingadultwhoknew whatshe wasdoing.
Let usgo back to the eveningof May15, 1990. SandraWilliamshadplannedaromanticcandlelit
dinnerforGreg Mason. My clienthad gone to Ms. Williams’ place withthe intentionof havingdinner
witha womanhe reallycaredabout.However,SandraWilliamshadotherplansinmind. Whendinner
had ended,theystarted messingaround.However,it wentmuchfurtherthanthis.Sandrabecame very
aggressive andtoldGreggthat she wantedtohave sex withhim.Greggsaid NO.He didnothave any
condoms.Mr. Mason knewthe risksassociatedwithhavingunprotectedsex. Ms.Williamsdidnotseem
to care that Mr. Mason didnothave a condom; she keptpressuringhim.Ms.Williamsconvincedmy
clientthatthe Nonoxynol-9wouldprotecther,anditwas at that momentthatmy clientagreedtohave
sex withMs. Williams. The plaintiffhadsomanyoptionsversushavingunprotected sex, andshe didnot
choose to use anyof the optionsthatshe had. Instead, the plaintiff justwantedtohave sex withmy
client. Ms. Williams isnowplayingthe blame game insteadof takingresponsibilityforheractions.
As youhave heardfromthe testimonyfromthe witnessesinthiscase,itisclearthat Mr. Mason
isnot negligentin transmittingthe HIV virustothe plaintiff.
I. Thistrial shouldhave neverhappened.
A. The NewColumbiaCode of Civil Procedures 3-201TwoYear Limitationfor
Tort Claims“anyaction fordamagesbaseduponany tort claimsshall be
filedwithintwoyearsfromthe date it accrues.”
B. Under oaththe plaintiff SandraWilliamssaidthatshe begantosufferfrom
emotional distressonce she receivedthe phonecall frommyclienttelling
herthat he wasHIV positive.
A. Greg Mason calledMs. WilliamsonJune 27, 1990, to tell herhe was HIV
B. Ms. Williamsdidnotfile the lawsuituntil July2, 1992.
C. The timeline of eventsshowsthe seriesof eventsastheyoccurred
accordingto the factsof the case.Mr. Masson.
D. If Ms. Williamshadfiledthe lawsuitwithinthe time limit,itshouldbe noted
that negligenttransmissionof HIV isnotrecognized inNew Columbia.
II. My ClientGreggMasonwouldhave neverputanyone,letalone Ms.Williamsawoman
he cared about, inany danger.
A. Mr. Mason testifiedunderoaththatif he thoughtthat he has HIV,he would
have neverhadunprotected sex withanyone.
B. Gregg’sfriendMr. RandyEdwards testifiedthat Mr. Mason wasrespectful
to all females,andwouldnotputanyone indanger.
C. Under oathMs. WilliamsstatedthatGreggMason wasa special personwho
III. Mr. Mason had noclue that he had the HIV virusat the time of intercourse withMs.
Williams,andhe wasnotin the highriskgroup forcontactingHIV. Therefore,he hadno
reasonto suspectthathe wasHIV positive. Dr.PottertestifiedthatGregg’ssymptoms
would nothave leadanyone toassume that Greggwas HIV positive.
A. Mr. Mason didnot have male-to-malesex,nordidhe use intravenous
B. The symptomsthat Gregghas were that of a common cold.
C. Mr. Mason didnot show symptomsof a personwhoisHIV positive
1. Mr. Mason didnot have a historyof anal warts, genital
ulcersor genital herpes.Those whodohave astatistically
higherchance of beingHIV positive.
2. Gregg has the commoncoldand there wasno probabilityto
indicate the needforGreggto getan immediate HIV test
D. Dr. Pottertestifiedunderoaththatbasedonthe studiesthathave been
conductedonthe HIV to AIDS the rapid accelerationof Ms.Williams
virusto full blownAIDS,indicatesthatthere isa possibilitythatshe did
not contract the HIV virusfromMr. Mason.
IV. Gregg Mason wasnot negligentinMs.WilliamscontractingHIV.
A. Negligence isthe failure toexercisethe care towardotherswhicha
reasonable orprudentpersonwoulddointhe circumstances,ortaking
actionwhichsuch a reasonable personwouldnot.
B. Gregg Mason dideverythingthatapersonwitha coldwouldhave done.
V. Both Greggand Sandra mustsufferthe consequencesof theirdecisiontohave
A. Both Greggand Sandra have the HIV virus.Ms.Williamswill have to
sufferthe same painandsufferingthat Mr. Mason will endure.
B. Mr. Mason will eventuallydevelopthe AIDSvirus.
C. There isa bigdifference betweenMr.Mason and Ms. Williams.Mr.
Mason is takingresponsibilityforthe consequencesthathe will suffer
throughby havingunprotectedsex,andMs. Williamsisnottake
responsibility.Ms.Williamsisplayingthe blame game forthe
consequencesof heractions. The plaintiff couldhave askedMr.Mason
to go purchase condomspriorto theirsexual intercourse andshe did
not. The plaintiff neveraskedMr.Mason if he had beentestedorhad
inthe pastany STDS, nor didshe askhim aboutany of hispast sexual