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Archive for Friday, June 19, 2009

Kansas Supreme Court overturns conviction in HIV case

June 19, 2009

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The Kansas Supreme Court has overturned a man’s conviction for knowingly exposing women to HIV.

Robert W. Richardson II was convicted in multiple counties of having sex with women and not telling them he had the life-threatening disease.

But Friday, the Supreme Court overturned his convictions in Lyon County.

The court says there wasn’t enough proof that Richardson intended to expose the women to the disease.

In Oct. 2006, a jury convicted Richardson of exposing three women to HIV in Douglas County. Jurors found him not guilty of exposing a fourth woman to the disease.

He was originally sentenced to 32 months in prison, but was later re-sentenced to two years probation.

Richardson was released from supervision on the Douglas County cases in February.

Comments

introversion 5 years, 1 month ago

wow... and so the street justice begins...

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Tammie Bryant 5 years, 1 month ago

This is crap, he knew he was positive, and had unprotected sex anyway. He deserved years in prison not probation. Now he gets nothing!

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50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

What! "He was originally sentenced to 32 months in prison, but was later re-sentenced to two years probation.

Richardson was released from supervision on the Douglas County cases in February."

How many more women has this jerk exposed to HIV? Send him to a leper island.

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labmonkey 5 years, 1 month ago

This guy is a scumbag, but don't the women deserve some of the blame for the possible exposure? You put yourself at risk for disease each time you have unprotected sex with someone new. Again he is a scumbag and should get some prison time, but shouldn't this be a lesson to everyone who is "out on the market?"

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VAgirl 5 years, 1 month ago

So, if he was released in Feb where is he now?

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 1 month ago

This case I thought send a good precedent, now that's out the window. And labmonkey, are you really going to blame the women for this? Really?

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notajayhawk 5 years, 1 month ago

srj (Anonymous) says…

"This case I thought send a good precedent, now that's out the window. And labmonkey, are you really going to blame the women for this? Really?"

If you lose all your money gambling, is it the casino's fault - or yours? There is an inherent risk involved when having unprotected sex. If anyone (male or female) decides to take that risk, oh well.


I am a mental health provider, and a mandated reporter. We have a duty to warn, i.e. we have to inform the appropriate authorities and usually (if possible) the intended victim if a patient gives us cause to believe they are a risk of imminent harm to another person. That does not apply to someone who says they're going to have unprotected sex with someone when they are HIV+ ... it is not considered risk of imminent harm.

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Angie Dick 5 years, 1 month ago

If I remember correctly YRS AGO a guy had gotten HIV from his girlfriend (she had be sleeping around) this was in Colorado. He knew he had it and went and slept with every woman he could, He would then write a letter before he left the next morning before they awoke and it stated welcome to the wonderful world of aids. That guy got arrested on attempted murder charges! Crazy stuff. I think if someone know's they have something that is catchable,they should be honest and say look I have this that or the other.

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labmonkey 5 years, 1 month ago

SRJ-

If the women get HIV, it is partially their fault. Unless he raped them, they took the risk when they screwed him. If you have unprotected sex with a new partner, you risk getting a disease.

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caec 5 years, 1 month ago

He is currently in the Wyandotte County jail awaiting trial on the same charges.

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