May 22, 2013
Minnesota Court Asked to Reinstate Conviction of Man With HIV
The Minnesota Supreme Court is considering reinstating the conviction of a man living with HIV who was accused of transmitting the virus to another man, The Associated Press reports. Daniel James Rick was convicted in 2011 of attempted first-degree assault under a law that makes it illegal to knowingly transfer a communicable disease. The conviction was reversed in 2012 by the state Appeals Court, which found the law ambiguous. Advocates said the interpretation of the law by the state violates the rights of people with HIV to have consensual sex, even if they have disclosed to sex partners.
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