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US: Pennsylvania woman gets 21 months to 10 years for spitting (updated)

October 27, 2009

Update: Oct 27th After pleading guilty in September, on October 16th Crystal Visnesky was sentenced to “21 months to 10 years” plus “180 to 448 days for simple assault, with credit for time served of the full sentence.” Original post: … More

US: Pennsylvania woman who bit policeman guilty of aggravated assault; faces up to 52 years in prison

May 9, 2009

In stark contrast to the UK biting case reported below, a 29 year-old HIV-positive woman who bit a police officer during her arrest has been convicted of aggravated assault and recklessly endangering another person. The trial lasted one day, and … More

US: Medical records released to prosecutors in Pennsylvania spitting case

April 21, 2008

The medical records of an alleged HIV-positive prisoner who spat at a guard in 2006 have been ordered to be released to prosecutors who want to prove the man was HIV-positive and knew his HIV status when the incident occurred, … More

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