Law: Assault with A Deadly Virus

What should courts do when AIDS is allegedly used as a weapon?

The U.S. Army knows the deadly capability of viruses for biological warfare. That may be why military prosecutors are now among the first lawmen in the country to see the AIDS virus as a weapon and its willful transmission as a crime. At Fort Huachuca, Ariz., last week, Private First Class Adrian G. Morris Jr., a clerk-typist at the garrison headquarters, faced a court-martial on charges that include aggravated assault. Reason: Morris allegedly had sex with two soldiers, one male, one female, although he knew an Army screening had shown him to be an AIDS virus carrier.

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