The letter cites a Michigan law forbidding the disclosure of another person's HIV status without their permission.
In Corey's words, the probation officer originally waived the minor infraction.So I did it." Apparently, the police spent the next several days calling contacts in Corey's phone and asking them whether they had sex with Corey and whether they knew he was HIV-positive. I spoke with him about his conversation with authorities. It seemed like he was uncomfortable asking those questions and it was pretty shocking." It is, in fact, shocking -- especially given the fact that Michigan law expressly forbids authorities from engaging in such actions."Officer Andrew called me and said he was speaking on behalf of Corey, and asked me if I knew 'about' him -- like in reference to his status of HIV undetectable. Indeed, the ACLU of Michigan fired off a letter expressing concern about Corey's "outrageous and unacceptable" treatment.Will Judge Dodge let stigma prevail again on Monday?If you are troubled about Corey's treatment, call Judge Dodge at 269-445-4412 and demand that he treat HIV-positive people with dignity and respect.Tweet your concerns with #Free Corey to the Sherriff @Cass Sheriff or to Michigan's leading news source, MLive at @MLive or to local newspaper Leader Publications at @Leader Pub.And if you're local, come out Monday to show your support for Corey at the Courthouse.I realized after reviewing my records that there was a troubling reason: Judge Dodge is exactly the same judge who sent an HIV-positive dancer, Melissa Goodman, to prison in 2009 for giving a lap dance.Of the many criminal cases I reviewed for my dissertation, Goodman's was perhaps the most disturbing.Goodman was arrested after a raid on a strip club in which she danced.Local media outlets at the time reported her case in vague terms, stating simply that she had engaged in "sex acts" with a client without disclosing her status.