Ontario Court of Appeal catches up with HIV science in voiding decade-old sexual assault conviction

Decision highlights need for broader approach for HIV nondisclosure conviction reviews: Colleen McKeown of Daniel Brown Law LLP.

BY Julius Melnitzer | September 6, 2022

Relying on new scientific evidence, the Ontario Court of Appeal has overturned the 2013 aggravated sexual assault conviction of a woman who did not reveal her HIV status to an unprotected partner.

β€œThis is a crucial case both for my client and others who have been convicted in similar circumstances,” says Colleen McKeown, a partner in Toronto criminal law boutique Daniel Brown Law who represented the appellant Jennifer Murphy. β€œThe decision will hopefully make it easier for those people to say they posed no risk, but they still face significant hurdles in having their convictions overturned.”

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Julius Melnitzer is a Toronto-based legal affairs writer, ghostwriter, writing coach and media trainer. Readers can reach him at julius@legalwriter.net or https://legalwriter.net/contact.

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