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


Canada: Trevis Smith loses appeal

May 15, 2008

Trevis Smith – the professional Canadian football player found guilty on two counts of HIV exposure and imprisoned for five and a half years – has lost his appeal. This is news all over Canada, but the most detailed report … More

Canada: Two criminal HIV exposure trials taking place in Winnipeg

May 15, 2008

Winnipeg is currently the criminal HIV exposure capital of the world with two trials currently taking place there. Of note, both of the accused are male African migrants. The first concerns, Clato Mabior, 31, who has pleaded not guilty to … More

US: Texas man gets 35 years for spitting; saliva was ‘deadly weapon’

May 15, 2008

A 42 year-old HIV-positive man who spat at a police officer during his arrest for being drunk and disorderly has been sentenced to 35 years in prison by a Dallas court and must serve at least half of his sentence … More

Russia: prisoner from Zabaykalye who sprayed his blood into face of prison doctor, will face up to 1-year imprisonment for alleged HIV transmission

В Забайкалье осужденный пытался заразить врача ВИЧ–инфекцией
May 12, 2008

Singapore: Man pleads guilty to HIV exposure following oral sex

May 9, 2008

The first-ever prosecution for criminal HIV exposure is now taking place in Singapore, two weeks after a law increasing the maximum penalty from two to ten years – and making it illegal to have unprotected sex even if you suspect … More

France: Marseille man facing three years for HIV transmission

May 9, 2008

Much of the French press featured this Reuters story from Marseille on Wednesday. A rough translation reads as follows (French original below): Marseille man should be imprisoned for three years for AIDS transmissionReuters – Wednesday May 7, 21:23 MARSEILLE (Reuters) … More

Canada: Halifax man on trial for HIV exposure

May 7, 2008

A 36 year-old man is on trial before a judge in a Halifax, Nova Scotia courtroom accused of HIV exposure (aggravated sexual assault). The judge will have to decide whether to believe him or his 37 year-old ex-girlfriend, who is … More

Canada: Montreal domestic violence victim guilty of HIV exposure

May 3, 2008

If ever there were a case to show how HIV exposure laws can potentially criminalise all HIV-positive people, then this extremely disturbing story from Montreal is it. The story has made national headlines (the article below is from the CBC … More

US: Arkansas man gets 12 years for HIV exposure; faces up to 30

May 2, 2008

A 33 year-old Arkansas man who pleaded guilty to HIV exposure has been sentenced to 12 years in prison…and faces similar charges in another Arkansas county. This is totally outrageous! I’m so appalled that anyone can be sent to prison … More

Finland: Young man found guilty of multiple counts of HIV transmission and exposure

April 29, 2008

A 25 year-old Finnish man has been found guilty of five counts of criminal HIV transmission and 14 counts of HIV exposure. Aki Hakkarainen was arrested in October 2007 after a number of women had complained to the police. He … More

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