Man given 25 years for not disclosing HIV
#1 May 25, 2009
Not only does the WCF Courier report this incorrectly THERE WAS NO TRANSMISSION OF HIV! as stated in the headline. But "there no sentence reduction due to Mr Rhoades' plea (after all, he saved the court a lot of time and money; and let's face it, it was one person's word against the other, which could have gone either way with a jury), but Judge Harris additionally placed Mr Rhoades on lifetime parole!" I found this punishment to FAR out weigh the crime. This is actually, something the 8th Ammendment doesn’t allow. Let’s see: consenual sex…one time contact, NO INJURY, NO INTENDED INJURY, 25 YEARS, Register as a sex offender, LIFETIME PAROLE! WOW, the Supreme Court ruled, that “the Constitution permits sentences to be based on a variety of non-retributive (crime-preventive) goals” in the 8th Amendment. I would say that ths is definitely retributive for an HIV guy who made a mistake. No one else came forth to show that this was an on-going pattern for the offender. People should be writing Judge Harris, State of Iowa District Court, 315 E. 5th Street, Waterloo, IA 50703 to tell him about this injustice!
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