Published in AIDS Weekly, June 2nd, 1997
The legislation would make the act a fourth degree crime, which carries a maximum 18-month jail term and a maximum fine of $7,500. Currently, knowingly transmitting the disease is only a disorderly person's offense, which is punishable by a maximum 30 days in jail and a maximum $500 fine.
"[HIV] is a lethal weapon and anyone who would consciously infect another person deserves to be treated as a criminal," said Sen. John Scott, R-Bergen, a bill sponsor.
"Whether the reason is indifference or simple malice, passing on...
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