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US: New Study Questions Michigan’s “Health Threat” Law (Press Release)

January 31, 2013

Michigan health officials are using HIV surveillance technologies to assist in enforcing a “health threat” law that makes it illegal for HIV-positive people to have sex without disclosing their status. A new University of Michigan study reveals that health officials … More

US: Michigan bite man charged under anti-terrorism laws gets 11 months probation in plea deal (update-4)

December 8, 2010

Update: Dec 8th 2010 Macomb County Circuit Court Judge Peter Maceroni today sentenced the 46 year-old Michigan man once charged under terrorism laws for allegedly biting his neighbour to eleven months on probation after pleading guilty to a single assault … More

US: Michigan woman gets 11 months for non-disclosure

August 20, 2010

A 54-year-old woman has been sentenced to 11 months in prison to failing to inform her male sex partner that she was HIV positive under Michigan’s disclosure laws. Todd Heywood of the Michigan Messenger covers the case in two reports … More

US: Michigan man gets nine months for HIV exposure

November 24, 2009

A 21-year-old from Bay City, Michigan, who pleaded guilty under Michigan’s HIV disclosure law to having unprotected sex during a one-night stand with a 16 year-old girl without first disclosing that he was HIV-positive has been jailed for nine months. … More

US: Media, police, judge conspire in ‘hate crime’ against gay HIV-positive man in biting case

November 4, 2009

I am so mad I could spit and bite! I’ve seen a lot of bad reporting and bad legal decisions during my time blogging, but never before have I seen the media conspire with the criminal justice system in such … More

US: Michigan strip club employee pleads ‘no contest’ to HIV non-disclosure (updated)

July 14, 2009

The 23 year-old Michigan woman named and shamed following her arrest along with five other employees of the Escape Reality strip club in May, has pleaded ‘no-contest’ to “one count of engaging in a sex act without informing her partner … More

US: Excellent Michigan Messenger article on abuse of ineffective HIV disclosure laws

May 2, 2009

Here’s a truly excellent, and sobering, article from the Michigan Messenger – an independently-produced political news daily featuring original and investigative reporting – that spells out in an interview with an African-Amercian man convicted under the state’s HIV exposure law … More

US: Michigan dancer charged with HIV exposure

May 1, 2009

A woman working in a Kalamazoo strip club, somewhat ironically named Escape Reality, was arraigned earlier this week and charged under Michigan’s HIV-specific law with “three counts of engaging in sexual penetration without advising the partner that she has been … More

US: Michigan man re-sentenced following appeal

March 23, 2009

A Michigan man, previously sentenced to a prison term lasting five to 15 years after pleading no contest to two charges of criminal HIV exposure in early 2007, has been re-sentenced by the same judge to four to 15 years … More

US: Michigan man pleads ‘no contest’ to HIV exposure charges; faces life in prison

December 9, 2008

Update: February 1st 2009. Gerald Campbell Jr. has been sentenced t0 between 10 and 15 years in prison, according to a report in Montcalm County’s Daily News. A quote from the Montcalm County Assistant Prosecutor, Christopher Hekman, sums up how … More

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