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: 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

Australia: Not guilty verdict in Melbourne HIV exposure trial

April 4, 2008

A man whose case notes were released to police investigating Michael Neal has been found not guilty of criminal HIV transmission, reports The Geelong Advertiser. The prosecution’s case against Mr Solomon Mwale, 38, originally from Zambia, hinged on the timing … More

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