Thanks to our new pal Hollywood, we received the following this morning. Stephen Davis fans take note. Maybe this is the beginning of what he (and others) have predicted. We will be following this story as closely as we can, and reporting what we learn here. (Otis)
By Colin James, Legal Affairs Editor
October 24, 2006 03:12pm
Kevin Borick, QC, yesterday began a four-day hearing in the Supreme Court in a bid to prove HIV – which causes AIDS – is not transmitted sexually.
Mr Borick is seeking leave to appeal against the conviction of an Adelaide man, Andre Chad Parenzee, 35, who had unprotected sex with three women despite knowing he was infected with HIV.
The case is being closely monitored by state and federal health officials, who are concerned it could undermine more than two decades of public education about the need to practice safe sex.
During his opening address yesterday Mr Borick told Justice John Sulan there was "no evidence for sexual transmission of HIV can be found even in the best conducted studies published from the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States of America and Africa".
Prosecutor Sandi McDonald told Justice Sulan she would be extensively questioning two "experts" called by Mr Borick about their credentials to give evidence.
Man to challenge existence of HIV in court"
YAHOO! ABC 7 (Australia)
Tuesday October 24, 02:10 PM
An HIV positive man convicted of endangering the lives of three former partners through unprotected sex is appealing against his conviction, claiming the HIV virus does not really exist.
It is believed to be the first time the existence of HIV has been challenged in a court of law.
Andre Chad Parenzee is awaiting sentence for having unprotected sex with three women who were unaware he was carrying the HIV virus.
But his lawyer, Kevin Borick, today argued that Parenzee's conviction should be quashed because there is no scientific proof that HIV actually exists.
Mr Borick will call evidence from two Western Australian based scientists, who will argue that the virus has never been isolated, current testing regimes are inconclusive and that there is no proof HIV is transmitted sexually.
Prosecutors plan to call evidence from five HIV experts, who will claim that Parenzee's defence argument was debunked by the scientific community in the 1980s.