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US: New York Court of Appeals Says HIV+ Man’s Saliva Is Not a “Dangerous Instrument” (Press Release)

June 7, 2012

New York Court of Appeals Says HIV+ Man’s Saliva Is Not a “Dangerous Instrument” Punishing People on the Basis of Physical Attributes Would Create “Sliding Scale of Criminal Liability” New York, June 7, 2012 – Legal and public health experts … More

US: Positive Justice Project Watching NY Court of Appeals on “Deadly Saliva” Case

April 26, 2012

Today, the New York Court of Appeals will hear the case of David Plunkett who was convicted for aggravated assault after allegedly biting a police officer during his 2006 arrest.  The case rests on whether the saliva of someone with … More

US: Coalition of Public Health and Legal Experts Urges Rational Response to Prosecution of People Living with HIV

April 27, 2011

Press Release from the Positive Justice Project (New York, April 27, 2011) — The Positive Justice Project, a coalition of legal and public health experts that represent people living with HIV, is speaking out against sensationalist media coverage of criminal … More

US: Nushawn Williams “poster child” of newly proposed HIV-specific law faces a lifetime of civil confinement (update 2)

July 20, 2010

Update: July 20thA New York Supreme Court judge in Buffalo has dismissed Nushawn Williams’s petition for release and ruled he could remain in jail while awaiting his October trial under New York’s Civil Confinement Law.Update: May 11thNo big surprise, but … More

US: Baseball star’s ex-girlfriend drops civil suit alleging HIV exposure

May 14, 2009

A US$15 million civil suit that made US headlines in February (but which I did not report on my blog at the time) that alleged that a well-known US baseball player “knew or should have known” that he was HIV-positive … More

US: Doctor advises patient to file HIV exposure charges in New York State

May 1, 2009

In what must be a serious breach of medical ethics, a doctor in Niagara Falls on the US/Canadian border, has advised a man to go the police after he discovered that a casual female sex partner had HIV without disclosing … More

US: Nushawn Williams denied parole

April 9, 2009

Nushawn Williams, whose 1997 arrest in New York State unleashed a wave of media hysteria, and several new HIV-specific laws in the US, has been denied parole again. He was sentenced to between four and twelve years in prison back … More

US: New York DA calls for HIV-specific laws following new ‘reckless endangerment’ case

February 26, 2009

A New York State man charged with nine counts of reckless endangerment for having sex with nine males aged between 16 and 20 (the age of consent in NY is 17) without disclosing his HIV status has unleashed a political … More

US: New York man faked HIV test, charged with reckless endangerment

December 10, 2008

A New York City man has been charged under NY’s reckless endangerment laws for having unprotected sex with a woman after he allegedly faked a negative HIV antibody test. The story is all over the New York papers, including The … More

US: Four NYPD cops received pensions for alleged HIV infection on duty

October 2, 2008

Court papers released today reveal that experts at the New York Police Department’s medical and pension boards had previously decided that four NYPD cops were infected with HIV during the course of their duties. The details were published in the … More

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