ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Supreme Court has rejected a prosecutor’s effort to reinstate the conviction of an HIV-positive man accused of passing the virus to another man.
The high court affirmed a Court of Appeals decision that reversed the attempted assault conviction of Daniel James Rick of Minneapolis. Justices agreed the statute under which he was convicted was ambiguous.READ MORE: Robert McCloud Accused Of Killing Ex-Wife Before 10-Hour Standoff With Police
Gay rights groups said the state’s interpretation of the statute violated the rights of HIV-positive adults to engage in consensual sex even if they have told their partners about the disease.READ MORE: Man Killed When Driver Hits Bicyclist In Olmsted County
But Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman argued the statute was not ambiguous and was meant to prohibit conduct by people who know they’re infected but practice unprotected sex anyway.MORE NEWS: 2 St. Paul City Employees Assaulted While Working; Suspect In Custody
The Supreme Court says it’s up to the Legislature to clarify the statute.