Cases

The latest cases curated for the HIV Justice Network from global news reports.  Older cases from the Criminal HIV Transmission blog are also included.

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US: Wisconsin ‘HIV exposure’ teen interviewed on TV from jail

April 26, 2008

It couldn’t happen in the UK, but amazingly, the 18 year-old man accused of HIV exposure was interviewed for local TV from his prison cell. In my previous posting I had been under the impression that he had been released … More

Canada: Judge in Trevis Smith case was prejudiced claims appeal

April 26, 2008

The lawyer for Trevis Smith – the professional Canadian football linebacker sentenced to five and half years’ jail in February 2007 for HIV exposure (aggravated sexual assault) – is appealing for a new trial in the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal. … More

UK: Refugee with ‘suspected’ HIV jailed for ‘biting’ cop

April 26, 2008

A Zimbabwean refugee was jailed for two months last week after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer, drink-driving and driving with no licence or insurance. That in itself is nothing remarkable. What is remarkble, however, is the hysteria surrounding … More

US: Wisconsin teen charged with HIV exposure

April 23, 2008

The 18 year-old man who was being investigated by police for HIV exposure after his aunt told his former girlfriends he was HIV-positive, has now been charged with ‘second-degree recklessly endangering safety’, which could result in up to 10 years … 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

Canada: Owen Antoine sentenced to five years following one-night stand

April 15, 2008

Owen Antoine, who was previously found guilty of aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, and criminal negligence causing bodily harm, following a one-night stand with a woman he met in an Ontario bar, has been sentenced to five years in prison … More

US: Teenage Wisconsin student investigated for HIV exposure

April 14, 2008

An 18 year-old Wisconsin high school student is being investigated for criminal HIV exposure after his aunt – with whom he had been living for six months, but to whom he had not disclosed his HIV status until he moved … More

US: Kentucky woman sentenced to 12 years for biting and robbery

April 10, 2008

An HIV-positive woman who was originally charged with attempted murder for biting a shop assistant during a robbery, has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to robbery and wanton endangerment. Story from the Associated Press, below. … More

Zimbabwe: Woman pleads guilty to unprotected sex, gets five years suspended sentence

April 9, 2008

A 26 year-old woman who pleaded guilty to having unprotected sex with her partner in 2007 was given a five year suspended sentence primarily because the lover did not test HIV-positive. The woman was convicted under s79 of the Zimbabwe … More

Canada: Carl Leone sentenced to 18 years in prison (update 2)

April 4, 2008

Carl Leone was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday, the longest-ever sentence in a criminal HIV transmission case in Canada. Update: Later news stories, such as the one in the Vancouver Sun, report that Leone was given 15 … More

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