Fact Sheet: Missouri v. Johnson (February 14, 2017)

Fact Sheet

On February 14, 2017, the State of Missouri filed an application for transfer of Michael Johnson’s case to the Missouri Supreme Court, the highest court in Missouri. In all likelihood, the Supreme Court’s decision as to whether it will take the case will be announced by the beginning of April. The State seeks 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. This delays the date that a possible retrial could occur.

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 February 14, 2017.