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US: Texan man found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for reckless HIV transmission

May 30, 2009

A Texas jury has found 53 year-old Philippe Padieu of Frisco, Texas, guilty of six counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He is the sixteenth person with HIV in Texas to be successfully prosecuted for either HIV exposure … More

UK: Gonorrhoea prosecution ‘a dangerous development’

April 23, 2009

I am posting an excellent analysis by Dr Matthew Weait, Senior Lecturer in Law and Legal Studies at Birkbeck College, London (and author of Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV Transmission) of the recent successful prosecution of a male … More

Canada: Johnson Aziga and questions about the virological evidence

April 17, 2009

Here’s an excellent piece analysing flaws in the recent Johnson Aziga trial by Chris Morley, HIV Policy, Information and Publications Coordinator at George House Trust in Manchester, England. He writes this in a personal capacity. He has had first-hand experience … More

Germany: Complexities of scientific evidence discussed in Spiegel magazine article

April 17, 2009

The plight of Nadja Benaissa, the No Angels singer arrested last week in Frankfurt for alleged criminal HIV exposure and transmission has already resulted in more international media attention on the issues around criminalisation than any other case I’m aware … More

Canada: Scientific evidence challenged by Aziga’s defence

February 21, 2009

Two months after the Crown rested its case against Johnson Aziga – accused of first-degree murder due to the death of two women with whom it is alleged he recklessly infected with HIV – his defence team is rigourously questioning … More

Sweden: Health agency criticised for not co-operating with police

October 22, 2008

The Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control has revealed in an article in a medical journal that they have refused to co-operate with police in tracking down individuals who may have broken Sweden’s draconian public health and criminal HIV exposure … More

UK: New book explores criminal HIV transmission

February 24, 2008

An excellent new book on the criminalisation of HIV transmission by Dr Matthew Weait, senior lecturer in law and legal studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, has recently been published. The book, Intimacy and Responsibility: The Criminalisation of HIV … More

UK: Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence

February 11, 2008

Some good news from the UK (actually, it’s the law of England and Wales that this case is relevant to). I reported this story today on NAM’s website, aidsmap.com. Reckless HIV transmission case dismissed due to insufficient evidence Edwin J. … More

UK: Leicester and Manchester cases update

January 8, 2008

A brief update to ongoing cases in Leicester and Manchester. The Leicester trial will begin on January 29th at Leicester Crown Court. A hearing called by the defence to dismiss charges against a Manchester man, due to lack of scientific … More

Editorial: HIV forensics in the BMJ

September 19, 2007

http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg19526213.900-hiv-sequences-cannot-prove-guilt-in-court.html HIV sequences cannot prove guilt 19 September 2007 People infected with HIV might well want to know who gave it to them – but the genetic sequence of their virus won’t tell them. The virus is now routinely sequenced … More

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