UPDATE: Supreme Court questions defence in landmark HIV case

Two government lawyers got an earful from the Supreme Court of Canada Feb 8, as arguments got underway in Ottawa in two cases involving HIV nondisclosure.

Judges pressed lawyers representing the Quebec and Manitoba attorney generals’ offices over their apparent disregard for scientific evidence with respect to the evolution of HIV treatment and viral load over the last 15 years.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin also suggested that the test for criminal responsibility for nondisclosure, as it’s formulated, may be too vague to be useful.

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