On April 4, 2017, the Missouri Supreme Court denied the State’s application for transfer in Michael Johnson’s case. This upholds the December 20, 2016, decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals reversing his conviction and remanding the case for a new trial. The St. Charles County Prosecutor will now decide whether or not to retry the case. The State had sought to reverse the December 20 decision by the Missouri Court of Appeals for the Eastern District that overturned Johnson’s conviction and remanded the case for retrial.
Michael Johnson, a young, gay Black man living with HIV, was sentenced to 30½ years under Missouri’s antiquated HIV felony law. Members of the medical and legal community have joined HIV activists in expressing outrage at the 30½ year sentence imposed on this college student and star wrestler following his conviction under the state law that makes it a felony for people diagnosed with HIV to have sexual contact without documenting they disclosed their HIV status.
For more information, the link below to view this factsheet, prepared by CHLP to support advocacy around Michael's case and updated on April 4, 2017.