The Iowa daily writes about Lambda Legal plaintiff Nick Rhoades, who was sentenced to 25 years in prison—and lifetime registration as a sex offender—after a one-time sexual encounter with another man, during which they used a condom.
At Lambda Legal, we have long recognized the importance of fighting against criminal prosecutions for otherwise lawful conduct—or penalty enhancements for unlawful conduct—based solely on a person’s HIV status.
Today Lambda Legal filed an appeal on a petition for post-conviction relief in the Iowa Supreme Court on behalf of an HIV-positive Iowa man, Nick Rhoades. Rhoades was sentenced to 25 years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender after having a one-time sexual encounter with another man during which they used a condom.
Lambda Legal is urging a California court to reverse several convictions from a 2009 sting operation in the Warm Sands neighborhood of Palm Springs, Calif., because the arrests were the result of discriminatory enforcement of the laws.