Archive for May 19th, 2008

HIV Positive Man Convicted for Spitting at an Officer

An HIV+ man in Dallas was convicted to 35 years in prison for spitting at an officer, despite the extremely low risk of contracting the AIDS virus from saliva. Willie Campbell spit into the eye and open mouth of a Dallas police officer Dan Waller while he was being arrested for public intoxication in 2006. Prosecutors was able to convince a jury that the spit of 42-year-old Campbell constituted a deadly weapon, making the long term appropriate. His long-term imprisonment was also stemmed for bei…