Tuesday, July 14, 2015

QUEER QUOTE: CHLP Responds To Black Gay Man's 30-Year Jail Sentence

I previously blogged about the case of the HIV+, Black, gay college wrestling champion named  Michael Johnson who was arrested, tried and convicted using Missouri's draconian HIV criminalization statute for sexual activity he engaged in with consenting adults. Yesterday I blogged this week that Johnson has now been sentenced to multiple, concurrent 30-year terms. Michael Johnson is 23-years-old and apparently had diagnosed learning disabilities while he was in college.

The Center for HIV Law and Public Policy has released a statement condemning Missouri's prosecution (and persecution) of Johnson which is today's Queer Quote:
“The criminal statute that Michael Johnson was convicted of violating was originally passed in 1988, at a time when HIV was considered a ‘death sentence.’  Today, with proper treatment, HIV is a chronic, manageable disease and those with HIV can expect to live a full, healthy life. Yet violation of the Missouri law is a class A felony, with a sentencing range of 10-30 years or life imprisonment. Other class A felonies include murder or child abandonment resulting in death.  Punishing Michael Johnson as if he is a murderer because state officials have failed to address a severely outdated, irrational criminal law is not only fundamentally unfair, it is barbaric.”
Here at MadProfessah.com we will be following this case closely!

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