Biden’s Justice Department Sues Over Tennessee’s HIV Prostitution Law | Eastern North Carolina Now

    Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the The Daily Wire. The author of this post is Mairead Elordi.

    The Biden administration's Justice Department filed a lawsuit Thursday against Tennessee's aggravated prostitution law for people with HIV.

    The law, which imposes tougher penalties for engaging in prostitution while knowingly infected with HIV, violates the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Justice Department claims in its lawsuit.

    The department said Tennessee's law elevates the crime simply "because the individual has HIV, regardless of any actual risk of harm."

    "People living with HIV should not be subjected to a different system of justice based on outdated science and misguided assumptions," Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department's civil rights division said in a statement.

    Tennessee's law, passed in 1991, raises prostitution from a misdemeanor to a felony "when, knowing that such person is infected with HIV, the person engages in sexual activity as a business or is an inmate in a house of prostitution or loiters in a public place for the purpose of being hired to engage in sexual activity."

    The law also requires people who are convicted of engaging in prostitution while HIV-positive to register for life as a "violent sex offender." It is the only state with this requirement.

    This means the convicted person faces up to 15 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 for the felony charge, rather than just six months a fine up to $500 fine for a misdemeanor charge.

    Much of Tennessee's prostitution occurs in the Memphis area.

    The Justice Department's lawsuit includes details about an anonymous, black, trans-identifying man who found out he had HIV in 2008 and was arrested in 2010 for prostitution near a church or school, ultimately pleading guilty in 2012 to attempted aggravated prostitution. The man has been homeless at times, has had trouble finding a job, and is barred from seeing his nephew alone because of his conviction, the lawsuit says.

    The department's lawsuit demands Tennessee get rid of the law and also expunge the convictions of those convicted under the law and take them off the sex offender registry.

    The state attorney general's office has said it is aware of the complaint and plans to review it.


    In December, the Justice Department warned Tennessee about the law, saying the state could face a lawsuit if it does not stop enforcing it.

    Since 1991, there has been "significant progress" in understanding and treating HIV, Rebecca Bond, chief of the DOJ's Disability Rights Section, wrote in a letter to Tennessee officials.

    "Beliefs and assumptions that individuals with HIV will spread it, or that having HIV is a death sentence, are now outdated and unfounded," Bond wrote.

    In recent weeks, Republican state lawmakers have proposed a change to the law that would remove the "violent sex offender" registration requirement for those who engage in prostitution with HIV.

    Earlier in October, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Transgender Law Center also filed a federal lawsuit over the law, saying they want it scrapped.

Considering what real news is available for all to witness, and in great specificity, should one pursue what is true outside of the channeled realm of the corrupt corporate /legacy media, and: Is Institutionalized Corruption real, and is it a hindrance to sustaining our Constitutional Republic now, and for future generations of American citizens?
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In light of continued developments, primarily since 2008, there exists in these United States a Legal System which operates on a proved Two Tiered approach to justice rendered, which primarily benefits Democratic Elites and Woke Ideological Virtue Signalers, representing their co-dependent wards, to the expressed exclusion of normal hardworking American citizens: What is your suggestion in remedying this widespread injustice and, if not corrected, its existential outcome for our Constitutional Republic?
  Complete overhaul of the Department of Justice and their enforcers - the FBI - to reflect a far more honest justice system to keep patriots remaining calm.
  Disband the FBI, and request that congress investigate all unethical and non patriotic practices to partially right the wrongs of a distrusted and politically weaponized "Department of Justice."
  Continue with the current system since the two tiered justice system has been so remarkably beneficial to Democratic Socialist political hegemony; chronic distrust in institutions notwithstanding.
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