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Jurors deciding HIV case


Jurors this afternoon are deliberating in the case of Robert W. Richardson II, who is charged with exposing four women to HIV in the past year.The jury began deliberations around 12:30 p.m. after closing arguments by the state and defense.Richardson, 30, took the stand this morning and said he didn't think the women needed to know he was HIV-positive because he didn't think he could transmit the disease, given the low level of the virus in his blood. "I didn't believe it was possible," he said.Richardson acknowledged he now realizes it was morally wrong not to tell the women before having sex, but that he never had the intention to expose them. Prosecutors must prove he intended to expose the women to HIV.Richardson said that after the women went to police early this year, he got a tattoo with a "Warning" sign that reads, "HIV-positive" on his chest. Defense attorney Thomas Johnson asked for permission for Richardson to show it to jurors, but prosecutors objected and Judge Stephen Six found it was irrelevant because it happened after the alleged crimes.In her closing argument, assistant Dist. Atty. Amy McGowan said Richardson decided to "play God" with the women by not informing them of his status. Johnson said the state has not proven that Richardson had the intention to expose the women.-contributed by [Eric Weslander.][1] [1]: http://www2.ljworld.com/staff/eric_weslander


concernedparent 11 years, 8 months ago

No, he got that tattoo cuz he thought it would protect him in prison.

KaraGourley 11 years, 8 months ago

This guy is an idiot.

"I didn't believe it was possible," he said.

Are you serious!!!!!!
He has no conscience!

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 8 months ago

if you are infected with anything even a cold you know you can give it to someone even if the cold is almost gone. give me a break.

acg 11 years, 8 months ago

concernedparent, that was awesome!! I hadn't even thought of that, but it makes perfect sense.

Sigmund 11 years, 8 months ago

An agnostic thinks that what he did was morally wrong, but not legally wrong because he never intended to expose anyone, but he warned one woman, but not another women and he gets a "WARNING HIV-INFECTED" tatto after he is charged.

If the jury believes this they should get a "WARNING: DANGEROUSLY STUPID" tattoo on their forehead.

BTW, proving intent is required in virtually every criminal case (statutory rape being one rare example where intent to have sex with a underage partner is not necessary) and the burden on the prosecution is beyond a reasonable doubt.

lonelyboy 11 years, 8 months ago

He could get the tattoo on his butt and it still won't protect him in the joint ,,,, there are people in there sicker than this guy. Good riddance .

angelofmine 11 years, 8 months ago

concerned parent - If he wanted to protect himself in prison, he should've gotten it tattooed on his a$$, not his chest! And there are so many inmates at all three facilities in Leavenworth and El Dorado with HIV and AIDS that it won't matter.

angelofmine 11 years, 8 months ago

lonelyboy I just saw your post....LOL...obviously I'm not the only one with that mindset.

Becca 11 years, 8 months ago

Regardless of what the jury decides for this guy, the ordeal these women are going to have to face has only begun. Let's just hope to hell that they aren't infected.

ControlFreak 11 years, 8 months ago

Not that I think what he did was right. He should have told his partners he was HIV positive.

However, isn't it the responsibility of BOTH parties involved to ensure protection from disease? Why didn't the women require a condom or at least spermicide?

There were two people involved in the encounters, right?

Christine Pennewell Davis 11 years, 8 months ago

well control he did use a condom with one of the girls but removed it during intercouse.

ControlFreak 11 years, 8 months ago

Ok, then he did it on purpose. Send him to prison. :)

amanda_lazer 11 years, 8 months ago

ControlFreak: barrier methods (condoms) are the only things that can prevent hiv exposure during intercourse.

kujeeper 11 years, 8 months ago

He should get one on his forehead that says moron

Jd Finch 11 years, 8 months ago

I agree with the first post - he probably should have put the tattoo on his ass, though.

HIV and prison... karma.

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