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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Tennessee: Memphis pool worker charged with rape, HIV exposure; media furore

August 21, 2008

A media furore has exploded in Memphis, Tennessee, after a city swimming pool employee was charged with raping a 17-year-old girl and exposing her to HIV. The media reports were based on a Memphis Police Department press release (below). The … More

US: New Hampshire man forced to pay for cop’s HIV test after spitting

August 18, 2008

More evidence that the US criminal justice system overreacts to the non-existent risk of HIV transmission via spitting continues to emerge. This time, a man whose HIV status is unknown, after being found guilty of (amongst other things) simple assault … More

Australia: Suspended sentence for HIV exposure angers some

August 16, 2008

Interesting (over)reaction to the two year suspended sentence handed down to Lam Kuoth for HIV exposure in Melbourne last week. Following a guilty plea to two counts of recklessly endangerment, Mr Kuoth has been sentenced to two years’ prison, suspended … More

Canada: Aziga’s lawyers’ human rights arguments dismissed

August 16, 2008

Following up from this July 26th entry – Canada: Aziga’s treatment in prison is ‘cruel and unusual’ argue lawyers – Judge Thomas Lofchik has dismissed the case brought by Johnson Aziga’s lawyers, David Bagambiire and Selwyn Pieters, that Mr Aziga’s … More

Canada: Ontario woman acquitted of criminal HIV exposure

August 15, 2008

In a case that shows up Canada’s criminal HIV exposure laws for being ridiculous, arbitrary and discriminatory, an Ontario woman was last week thankfully acquitted of aggravated sexual assault for allegedly having unprotected sex with a man without disclosing her … More

Kyrgyzstan: Nine doctors jailed for negligent HIV transmission

August 15, 2008

Nine doctors have been sentenced to between three and five years in prison in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan following an HIV outbreak among 72 children and 16 mothers at two hospitals. The news story on the sentencing from … More

Canada: Another African migrant ‘guilty’ of HIV exposure, gets seven years

August 2, 2008

A 34 year-old Zimbabwean migrant, Tendai Mazambini, has been sentenced by an Ontario judge to seven years in prison following a guilty plea to aggravated sexual assault because he didn’t disclose his HIV status to eight women before having consensual, … More

Australia: Michael Neal not guilty of deliberate HIV transmission

July 31, 2008

It took three and half days, but following a six-week trial, the case against Michael Neal – which created a political scandal and huge media attention (see below) – has ended with a mixed verdict. The jury found 49 year-old … More

Canada: Aziga’s treatment in prison is ‘cruel and unusual’ argue lawyers

July 26, 2008

Is a person with HIV a potential lethal weapon? That’s what the Crown is arguing in the pre-trial hearing of Johnson Aziga – who has been in custody since Aug. 31, 2003 awaiting the first ever sexual HIV transmission murder … More

US: HIV-positive Georgia woman gets three years for spitting

July 23, 2008

An HIV-positive woman from Columbus, Georgia, pleaded guilty this week to aggravated assault for spitting in the face of another woman. She was sentenced to three years in prison. It is the third prison sentence in as many months in … More

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